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When Public Schools Were a ‘Private Club’


As the internet has made it easier for young people to learn about careers and other social life, public schools are starting to get the spotlight again.

The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights says it plans to “expand our efforts to address issues of discrimination in education.” 

In a new report, the agency says it will continue to track discrimination in the education system and provide education data for policymakers. 

It will also continue to use the data to address “critical gaps” in educational outcomes for low-income and minority students. 

“This report is a call for action on the part of the education community to make progress in education, particularly in public schools,” says Elizabeth Giesbrecht, a senior associate at the Center for Education Reform.

“We need to find ways to address disparities in access to higher education, as well as access to quality early childhood care, and to address systemic discrimination in our public education system.” 

The Education Department report also calls on states to “ensure that schools and districts are providing the resources, information, and training that are needed to meet the educational needs of all students, including students with disabilities, students with health and developmental disabilities, and students with learning disabilities.” 

To date, it has not released any data to show how many states are complying with the report. 

The report is part of a larger effort by the department to address racial disparities in educational achievement, specifically in the public schools.

In 2015, the department found that white students were less likely to be admitted to a four-year public school than students of color. 

While many states and districts have implemented some form of “affirmative action” programs, the US Department is currently working to ensure that they do not perpetuate systemic discrimination. 

In an attempt to combat racism in education at the state and local level, the Education Department has issued recommendations to increase the availability of resources, increase transparency and accountability, and improve school climate and practices, among other things. 

More:  The Education Report: A Year in the Making is available now, and will be published in the spring. 

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How to talk to your kids about the death of Cecil the Lion

In this week’s edition of ESPN The Magazine, the network’s ESPN Insider joins David Shoemaker to discuss the death and legacy of Cecil, the pride of the Lion King franchise.

The story of the iconic lion has inspired countless movies, animated shows and TV shows, from the Disney film to the new Netflix series, and it is a source of great sadness for many.

ESPN Insider discusses why Cecil the lion was so beloved, what his family has done to honor the legend, and how to talk with your kids and friends about his legacy.

You can read more from ESPN Insider on “Cecil the Lion.”

Follow David Shoaker on Twitter @DavidShoaker.

Trump blasts school leaders for failing to address racial disparity in students, teachers

The president of the nation’s largest school district is accusing school leaders of failing to adequately address racial disparities in student achievement.

Trump issued his strongest attack on school leaders in a series of tweets on Thursday.

He also criticized school board members for failing “to act in the best interest of their students” and the federal government for providing $4 billion in federal funding to help schools.

“I am so frustrated with school boards across America who are not doing enough to address the systemic issues that I believe must be addressed before they have the chance to rebuild,” Trump said in a tweet.

“School boards must now act in our best interest and be accountable to the American people.

They cannot continue to ignore our students.”

Trump has repeatedly called for school reform and for the federal funding that helped pay for the schools.

The president of a district in Florida accused of failing students, a state lawmaker and the governor of Florida of trying to “hide behind the fact that blacks and Hispanics are underperforming.”

Trump called the accusations “irresponsible” and “disgraceful.”

He also accused the school district of trying “to hide behind the lie that the black and Hispanic student population is underperforming and underperforming as a whole.”

The district is in Florida’s Lake Worth district, which has a majority black population.

The district is known for its low dropout rate and low graduation rates.

A district spokesperson told CNN the district is reviewing the tweets and will issue a statement.

“The district has taken numerous actions, including training on diversity and equity,” the spokesperson said.

“As a result, there are significant gaps in achievement across our student population and across the district.

While there are gaps in some areas, there is no evidence that any specific group is under performing or underperforming in the classroom.”

Read more at CNN