The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Anchor Group, which includes Advancement Project’s national office, has written a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to express its profound opposition to the recommendations of the Federal Commission on School Safety. Decades of research on school climate has consistently shown that safe schools are well-resourced and invest in the supports students need to thrive in and beyond the classroom. Supports like school guidance counselors, psychiatrists and high-quality teachers help create positive school climates and help address the root cause of violence. Read the letter…
National Education Justice Organizations Denounce DeVos’ Attack of Obama-era Guidance Aimed at Combating Discriminatory Treatment of Students of Color
"The same police that are in schools are the same police shooting down unarmed people in the streets and deporting families."
In this heightened moment of political activity, young people are in need of an outlet to voice their concerns and feel empowered to impact what’s going on around them. The film, “The Hate U Give” makes an important point about what many young people of color experience, what they are witnessing and how to be politically engaged by it.
Safety does not exist when Black & Brown young people are forced to interact with a system of policing that views them as a threat and not as students.
Research supports the use of mental health professionals like counselors, restorative justice programs, and other alternatives to police.
It cannot be overlooked that this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week comes on the heels of teacher strikes in five states: West Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky. In each of these states, educators have demanded better wages, additional resources for students, and smaller class sizes. Unfortunately, the systemic under-appreciation of teachers is part of a wider trend of divestment from public education since the financial crisis of 2008. Over the last decade, teacher salaries adjusted for inflation have fallen almost 5 percent. At the same time, class sizes have increased and support for mental health professionals, counselors, librarians and other…