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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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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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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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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DH 2015: Coalescing Frames

The main program of DH 2015 has come to a close. My thanks to the organizers for an intellectually challenging conference. My thanks especially to the brave individuals that forcefully problematized DH as community – who is in, who is out? | who is named, who is not named? | global, really? | inclusivity on whose …

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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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