Black teachers matter, for students and communities

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The Shanker report found that between 2003 and 2011 the white teaching workforce in Washington more than doubled, from 16 to 39 percent, while the black share declined precipitously, from 77 to 49 percent. Between 2003 and 2011, the white teaching workforce in Washington, D.C.

For safer schools, we need more hugs, not more guns

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By comparison, whiter metros such as Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis have some of the lowest concentrations of security guards.

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

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The problem is that many American elementary schools aren’t doing that. ” But this research hasn’t made its way into many elementary school classrooms. Harper went to a professional development day at one of the district’s lowest-performing elementary schools.

What Kinds of Homework Seem to be Most Effective?

MindShift

students are justifiably exhausted and nervous from too much homework — even though some international comparisons suggest they’re sitting comfortably at the average. So any comparison is, to a degree, apples-to-oranges (or, at least, apples-to-pears).

Many Hispanic students never have a teacher who looks like them

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students in kindergarten through 12th grade that is Hispanic increased from 19 to 25 percent between 2003 and 2013, while the black non-Hispanic population dropped from 17 to 16 percent and the white non-Hispanic population fell from 59 to 50 percent.

NCLB’s legacy: As the ESSA era begins, have policymakers, educators learned from the past?

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President Bush promotes his “No Child Left Behind” education agenda during a visit to Kirkpatrick Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., 8, 2003.