Looming court decision on DACA leaves educators, students fearful

By Félix Pérez Speaking on the marble steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Karina Alvarez bore down against the on-again, off-again snow and rain on a raw November morning. It was as if the San Antonio, Texas, elementary school teacher, using a firm and measured delivery, wanted the nine justices hearing arguments inside the court … Continued

Three Tips to Avoid Offensive Halloween Costumes

By Félix Pérez Image courtesy of MDGovpics Ghouls, ghosts, gremlins and goblins will soon be flittering among us. Children, students and adults alike will celebrate Halloween in all manner of costumes. Some zany, some clever, some scary, some funny, some that push boundaries, and, unfortunately, some that objectify and degrade a culture or community The … Continued

5 Things Educators Can Do to Address Bias in Their School

Every day, educators, administrators and students carry with them attitudes and beliefs that may affect their understanding of a situation, their interactions with others, and their decision-making. If these beliefs are colored by negative stereotypes or biases, they can lead to misunderstandings and an unhealthy school climate, if not outright hostility or conflict. Acknowledging, understanding … Continued

Education Leader and Expert Take on Growing White Nationalism in Schools

Reports from the FBI, school administrators and advocacy groups that track hate incidents indicate that white nationalism, hate speech and other forms of bigoted extremism are on the rise across the United States. Because schools are hubs of our communities – and often the center of interactions among students of diverse races, ethnicities and religions … Continued

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Ed Dept. Threat to Middle Eastern Studies Program Deprives Educators, Students, Says Teacher

By Félix Pérez In what is being described as an “overly ideological” overreach that could stifle academic freedom, the U.S. Education Department has threatened to strip the funding of the Duke-University of North Carolina Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies. Tinisha Shaw, a member of the first cohort of teachers to go through the yearlong program, says the criticism … Continued

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NEA to Supreme Court: Do the Right Thing for DACA Educators

BY MARY ELLEN FLANNERY Today, in a legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Education Association urged justices to protect the thousands of educators who rely on a federal immigration policy known as DACA to shield them from fear and deportation. The Trump Administration’s inhumane termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in … Continued

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Pending Supreme Court Case Could Affect All LGBTQ Educators, Students

The stakes are high: An adverse ruling would negatively affect educators and students across the country.  The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing several circuit court cases that will decide whether LGBTQ employees — including all LGBTQ educators — are protected under federal law from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The stakes are … Continued