Can Gentrification mean Integration? Hopes for the Urban Neighborhood School

Part 2 of 2 The Less-Considered Outcome of Gentrification Green & Write’s previous post about gentrification and neighborhood schools highlighted the more common criticism of gentrification and urban areas—as more affluent, mostly white, families move into a lower-cost city neighborhood, low-income families of color are often displaced, finding themselves excluded from the communities that have …

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Can Gentrification mean Integration? Hopes for the Urban Neighborhood School

The Less-Considered Outcome of Gentrification Green & Write’s previous post about gentrification and neighborhood schools highlighted the more common criticism of gentrification and urban areas—as more affluent, mostly white, families move into a lower-cost city neighborhood, low-income families of color are often displaced, finding themselves excluded from the communities that have been their own for …

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Inequitable Teacher Distribution Prompts Urban ‘Grow Your Own’ Programs

Teacher Shortages in High-Need Areas Inequitable teacher distribution has been a problem in the U.S. since the advent of universal education. Because teachers are free to choose where they work, schools in geographical areas that appear less appealing tend to attract fewer potential educators. Areas with higher poverty rates, in particular, are likely to struggle to find great …

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New Pushback against Corporate Philanthropy

Students and parents in the Oakland Unified School District have a complicated relationship with their superintendent, Antwan Wilson. Wilson has been described as a bold and effective school leader with the district’s best intentions at heart. However, in response to his recently proposed plan to create a single application process for Oakland’s dozens of neighborhood …

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Tension Mounting between Community and State Leadership in Response to DPS Protests

Intended to provoke The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) teachers who organized the sick-out protests this month intended to spur a conversation about the deplorable conditions of school buildings, state control of the district, and low teacher salaries. Teachers at 66 out of Detroit’s roughly 100 schools organized absences that shut down schools for several days …

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DPS Teachers Sick of Conditions

Many teachers in Detroit Public Schools (DPS) have had enough. Amidst the budget crisis, enrollment woes, and low achievement scores, educators endure revolting working conditions that have provoked a drastic measure. On January 7, teachers at Renaissance and King High Schools closed due to a, “high volume of teacher absences.” Teachers at other schools soon got …

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Trauma in the American Urban Classroom

Trauma in the Spotlight The recent attacks in Paris and Beirut have undoubtedly left many parents and educators struggling to for an explanation that might help students begin to comprehend the horrific events that sometimes befall innocent citizens. Likewise, teachers and families must help children make sense of the Syrian refugee crisis, the Michael Brown …

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Urban Charter Schools Are More Likely to Succeed Than their Suburban Counterparts

Charter School Concentration: Demand in Urban Areas The University of Michigan’s Susan Dynarski recently added her voice to the ongoing conversation around charter schools in America’s urban areas. Rather than comment on the more salient charter controversies around oversight concerns, authorizer policies, or competition with neighborhood schools, Dynarski addressed a less-examined topic: the contrast in …

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Eastern Michigan University holds Urban Education Summit

Partnership between Practitioners, Researchers, and Policymakers Faculty and students at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) held a conference to discuss current issues in urban education on Saturday, November 14th. Often characterized as under resourced and failing, large, urban districts in Michigan have had successes that are frequently overlooked by the general public. The summit highlighted positive …

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Discipline in the Black Classroom and Alternatives to School Militarization

Since the violent altercation between a white officer and black female student in South Carolina last month, there has been much conversation about discipline and the role of police in America’s public schools. While not a new debate, questions about the disproportionate use of physical force and exclusionary discipline policies against black students in urban …

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State Superintendent Flanagan Wants to Stop You from Building New Charter Schools, or Does He?

Call for a Moratorium on New Charters In an address to the Michigan Legislature on Thursday, March 5th, Michigan State Superintendent Mike Flanagan called for a moratorium on new charters schools in Michigan, saying, “There’s enough (charters) now to give appropriate choice to parents.” Amidst an ongoing debate about the role of charters in the …

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