Archive | March, 2013

How is this Not a National Scandal? 9 of 10 Students Affected by Chicago School Closings are Black

8 Mar

Dispatches from the Underclass

An investigation by the Chicago Sun-Timesreveals that 90 percent of students affected by public school closings in Chicago are African American, a rate that doesn’t match up  with the city’s racial demographics (only 41.7 percent of the district’s student population is black).

School closings are the latest trend among privatization and charter school advocates who seek to dismantle public education (and teachers unions) to turn a profit. So far they’ve been largely successful because it’s happening on the backs of poor black communities who the national press have all but ignored since their inception (think great migration and white flight).

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Pupil Voice

8 Mar

Can pupil voice have a positive impact on pupil performance?