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  • This week, members of the University of California’s regents called for a review of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. They are concerned that too many white affluent students are gaining an unfair advantage on the exam. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 21, 2000 | Story
  • How much influence do corporations have in schools? Krystle Newquist will be entering ninth grade in a few weeks. But earlier this year, she was kicked off her little league team for refusing to wear the logo of the team’s sponsor — a tavern called "The Carousel." Krystle’s grandfather had suffered from alcoholism and cirrhosis of the liver.
    Aug 19, 1998 | Story
  • During this past school year, the American public was riveted by the images: small town and suburban schools taped off by police-lines, paramedics rushing to wheel tiny bodies away on gurneys and kids being carted off in hand-cuffs. As the national media poured into Pearl, Mississippi; West Paducah, Kentucky; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Edinboro, Pennsylvania; and Springfield, Oregon; — the magnified coverage of these highly unusual crime...
    Jul 29, 1998 | Story
  • Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that taxpayer money can be used to send Milwaukee students to private schools. Milwaukee will now operate under a system where up to 15,000 students will be eligible for vouchers to attend private schools. This means that nearly $70 million will be siphoned away from Milwaukee’s already ailing public school system and put into private institutions.
    Jun 16, 1998 | Story
  • Berkeley High School in California’s Bay Area is the latest school to be swept headlong into the national debate over the role of advertising in public schools.
    Mar 20, 1998 | Story
  • As kids head back to school around the country, parents, teachers and business people are watching closely. Today Democracy Now! takes a look at the school reform movement, charter schools and why Wall Street sees the potential for a profitable global industry.
    Sep 05, 1997 | Story
  • A little while ago, Democracy Now! went to a conference on race and education sponsored by the Public Education Network, a group that supports community based organizations in uniting and engaging their communities in building systems of public schools that result in high achievement for every child. The whole idea is that these community based groups are the best mechanism for creating broad support for public education and that public...
    Feb 03, 1997 | Story
  • Sociology Professor Joe Feagin, of the University of Florida speaking at a Public Education Network conference talks about racism and the denial of racism in white society. Feagin cites surveys that show that a large percentage of white Americans have racist views of black people and surveys showing that the majority African Americans face discrimination. Feagin goes on to show the imbalance between white and black people in positions of...
    Dec 06, 1996 | Story
  • Opening a conversation about racism in education, Christine Gutierrez discusses how she dealt with the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict in her classroom. Gym focuses on the racism prevalent in school administrations and how this blocks activism and reform. Goodman plays a bit of a speech from a recent conference, opening up a discussion among the three guests about the importance of confronting racist speech in the classroom. Beverly...
    Dec 06, 1996 | Story
  • In recent years, the culture wars have raged in the sphere of public education: from school prayer to school curricula, issues in public education are fertile ground for political battles in state and local races this fall. One of the most controversial elements of this debate is multicultural education. Some predominantly African American urban schools have begun to incorporate what’s called Afrocentricity into their curricula in...
    Oct 04, 1996 | Story