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When Does Educational Equity Become Educationally Unethical?

"The push for equity stumbles into a truly gruesome place when educators are being trained or directed to shortchange some students based on how they look or where they live."
President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021.

With Federal Relief Dollars on the Way, Districts Face Big Decisions

Reduce class sizes, lengthen the school year, provide tutoring—or let principals decide?
Boston Red Sox owner John Henry during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Red Sox, Celtics Back “Zip Code Quota” Plan for Boston Exam Schools

Federal judge hears challenge from parents calling it “blatantly unconstitutional” racial engineering
Jim Balfanz

City Year CEO on Supporting Students Through the Pandemic

Monitoring chats, and making sure students are showing up and signing on.

My Kids’ School Closed Again. So I Started Calling Experts.

Many New York City public schools have been repeatedly closed because of two positive COVID-19 tests, even without evidence of in-school spread. Experts call it “crazy.” And it’s driving me nuts.
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How to Achieve Educational Equity

Focus on taking action for students, not hiring specialists and posting on social media
Two canoes in a race

Yes, Learning Standards Are Arbitrary. Yes, Learning Loss Is Real.

Children need to know how to read, and fewer of them are currently reading as well as they otherwise would be. That demands our attention, not our platitudes.
Clarendon Alternative Elementary School fourth-grader Ayla Einhorn works on her computer as students and parents attend distance learning Zoom classes at Midtown Terrace Playground in San Francisco.

Pluralism Is Growing in K-12 Education

Exit, voice, loyalty and the Covid-19 shock
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

Tennessee Meets Pandemic with Summer Learning Camps, Phonics, Testing

Covid education package emerges from special legislative session
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An Encouraging Consensus on Character Education

Some recommendations for developing compassion, courage, determination, fairness, grit, honesty, patience, respect, responsibility, self-motivation, and temperance.

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