• Education

    ‘These are the facts’: Black educators silenced from teaching America’s racist past | US education

    History teacher Valanna White filed into the auditorium the first week of August for the customary back-to-school all-staff meeting at Walker Valley high school in Cleveland, Tennessee. What she heard shifted her outlook for the coming school year. On 1 July, a new law took effect banning the teaching of critical race theory in Tennessee public schools. White listened intently as a school district official gave a vague overview informing the group that critical race theory was prohibited, though without fully explaining what critical race theory entails. Instead, teachers were told a list of actions – such as discussing racial discrimination – that were forbidden. White left the meeting confused…

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  • Home Schooling

    Stateside: Auto insurance changes; Black homeschooling; LGBTQ Muralist; Ypsi youth choir

    Stateside for Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Today on Stateside, changes to auto insurance’s medical care funding formula are happening in Michigan. Critics fear many catastrophic car crash victims will end up in nursing homes at taxpayers’ expense. Next up, we are re-airing a year of homeschooling and self-determination for Black families as they make their decisions to keep their children homeschooled or prepare them for traditional school. The second re-air is a conversation with a Detroit based LGBTQ muralist. Lastly, an Ypsilanti youth choir’s pandemic journey to create innovative ways to sing together. Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. [Get Stateside on your phone: subscribe…

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  • Home Schooling

    Stateside: Flooding cleanup in Dearborn; Black families homeschooling; retired FBI agent’s new book

    Stateside for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Today on Stateside, we speak with Dearborn’s State Representative on the needed infrastructure investments to deal with Michigan’s on-going floods. Next up, a year of homeschooling and self-determination for Black families as they make their decisions to keep their children homeschooled or prepare them for traditional school. Lastly, after 30 years of Federal law enforcement, retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal has come out with a book on famous Michigan cases. Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. [Get Stateside on your phone: subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts today.] State Rep. Hammoud talks flood damage in Dearborn and needed…

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  • Home Schooling

    The Rise of Black Homeschooling

    Advocates of school choice say that it gives low-income parents access to institutions that can better serve their children. Critics say that it lures highly motivated Black families away from traditional public schools and further hobbles underfunded districts. Presidents Clinton and Obama supported charters, but Democrats have largely cooled on them, and progressives such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed curbing their growth. Michigan’s charters, most of which operate as for-profit companies, have consistently performed worse than the state’s traditional public schools. Yet parents continue to choose charters, which receive a large chunk of the more than eight thousand dollars per student that the state would otherwise send…

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  • Home Schooling

    Black homeschool families quintuple during pandemic, but what will happen this fall?

    Homeschooling in the 1980s typically called to mind white, middle class families who opted out of traditional district or private schools to focus on teaching their children through the lens of their religious faith. In recent years, homeschooling has moved far beyond being the preferred learning method of a handful of American families, increasing in popularity as parents become less satisfied with more traditional choices. The pandemic accelerated that trend as parents looked for innovative alternatives to public or private school virtual programs or wanted to avoid exposure to COVID-19 at in-person schools. Across the country, the Black community led the way. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report shows that…

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  • Online School

    Black parents see less bullying, racism with online learning

    Some parents of Black Los Angeles school students opted to keep their children in distance learning after schools reopened in April because they wanted to shield them from inequitable and sometimes harsh treatment on campus, according to a report from a local advocacy group. Among Black parents surveyed, 82% cited COVID-19 as one factor for keeping their children home and 43% said they were concerned about bullying, racism and low academic standards, according to the report by Speak Up, which conducted focus groups, analyzed district data and conducted its own survey. The survey of 500 L.A. Unified parents — 96 of whom were black — asked parents about their children’s…

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  • Home Schooling

    Number of kids being homeschooled spiked last year, with major increase in Black families

    (WXYZ) — School shutdowns have resulted in a number of families opting for homeschooling. Michigan’s public schools lost more than 60,000 students in the fall of 2020, and enrollment is continuing to drop. The switch to homeschooling is growing more diverse, and it could benefit some communities like Detroit, where only 16{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of kids are reading at grade level in third grade. When the pandemic hit, the last-minute switch to virtual learning made matters worse, and many students checked out and dropped out. Since spring of 2020, the number of households choosing independent parent & child-led homeschooling has doubled, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey – from 5.4{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} to…

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