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Posted inAndre Perry

COLUMN: Higher education is the key to the new infrastructure system we need

In March, President Joe Biden introduced the American Jobs Plan, a $2.7 trillion infrastructure bill that endeavors to put people to work by addressing historic discrimination, climate change, broadband access, and labor rights — on top of building and repairing roads and bridges. A day after Biden announced the proposal, the Republican National Committee denounced […]

Posted inRace and Equity

COLUMN: Now imagine if your school closed for good

Adapted and reprinted from Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities by Andre Perry, with permission from Brookings Institution Press, © 2020 by Brookings Institution. “When will schools open?” It’s a question that parents, employers and school leaders are struggling to answer amid a national pandemic that doesn’t seem to be letting […]

Posted inAndre Perry

COLUMN: New Orleans students are still vulnerable to Ida and other future storms

Is there any school district whose students experienced more disruptions than those in New Orleans? Between the major storms of Katrina and Ida there have been dozens of hurricanes and tropical storms that have interrupted students’ schooling in that city for extended periods. The New Orleans school board tries to make up lost learning time, […]

Posted inHigher Education

COLUMN: Tenure protects free speech. Racism threatens to undo it

I guess higher education isn’t the bastion of liberalism that conservatives grouse about. Bowing to pressure from conservatives, the board overseeing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill denied tenure to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, lead author and director of The 1619 Project, a special issue of The New York Times Magazine that commemorated the 400-year anniversary […]

Posted inElementary to High School

COLUMN: ‘Stand by.’ ‘Shut up.’ Is this really what we want to teach our children?

Frustrated by interruptions from President Donald Trump at the first presidential debate, an exasperated former Vice President Joe Biden blurted, “Would you shut up, man?” Biden sounded like a bad substitute teacher who was being overrun by a belligerent child. During that exchange, I turned to my 9-year-old son, who was sitting next to me, […]