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Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High School

Honor without diversity is disgrace

The NEA Foundation recently celebrated their Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients, on Feb.7, but people of color literally weren’t in the crowning finalist picture. Actually, of the 36 total people who were recognized two were perceptible people of color (under 6%), which according to The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is about ten points behind […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High School

Black athletes must pick up the ball on graduation rates

Results from a new study on graduation rates of black male athletes illustrate our sacrosanct commitment to developing black football players in colleges and universities. Black men among the top 25 BCS schools represent 3 percent of their student bodies but 60 percent of the football players. Simultaneously, the data make plain the limitations colleges […]

Posted inAndre PerryColumnistsElementary to High SchoolNew OrleansThe South

School choice sounds great in theory—but who does the choosing?

Say it ain’t so—public-school leaders in New Orleans tinkering with admissions rules to cherry-pick students? No way. These are open-enrollment public schools, aren’t they? Apparently, public schools in the highly decentralized environment of New Orleans are making independent choices. Two of the most historic high schools in the Crescent City, McDonogh 35 and Eleanor McMain […]

Posted inElementary to High SchoolNew OrleansNewsThe South

The real reasons many low-income students don’t go to college

One spring afternoon, O. Perry Walker High School Principal Mary Laurie made her way to the school’s courtyard, where a lone student sat at a picnic table with a large stack of papers in front of him and a frustrated look on his face. Laurie recognized the student as a shy senior with one of the highest GPAs in his class. The documents, it turned out, were all from Tuskegee University.

Posted inCaliforniaHigher EdHigher EducationNewsThe West

Community college students mired in basic skills classes

Los Angeles — The three petite, soft-spoken Latinas are all friends. They graduated from Grant High School here, are on one another’s speed dial and share a preference for electric blue. And all three are stuck in basic-skills courses at Los Angeles Valley College after bombing their college placement exams, in part because they had […]