Schools

NY Teacher Makes Racial Comment About Student’s Appearance

In October 2018, a New York teacher told an art student that “all African-Americans have big noses,” after the teacher drew a caricature of the student.

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Parents and Students Concerned About Unaddressed Racism in TN High School

In October 2018 students and parents at a Tennessee high school are reporting concerns of racial harassment that appears to be unaddressed.

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WI High School Called Police on a Student For Reacting to Racial Slurs

In September 2018 a Wisconsin high school called police on a black student who stood up for herself after experiencing unaddressed racism.

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VA Trans Student Denied Entry to Locker Rooms During Active Shooter Drill

In October 2018 a Virginia trans student was denied entry to either locker room during an active shooter drill.

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GA Teachers Tie Up and Threaten Pre-School Students

In September 2018, Georgia pre-school teachers tied up and threatened black students.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Authoritarianism

Authoritarianism is antithetical to democracy and the United States Constitution, and it has no place in American government.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Pride is a Protest

For the forty ninth anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots, we're exploring why Pride is a protest, and why it still must be.

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MI Education Department Proposes Removing References To Gay Rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK

In June 2018, the Michigan Department of Education proposed changes to social studies standards, which would erase gay rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Marginalized People and Income Inequality

Income inequality is a key form of marginalization within the kyriarchy: every marginalized group is affected.

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A NC Black Female Student Was Disciplined for Dress Code Violation

In March 2018 a North Carolina high school assistant principal disciplined a black female student at the end of the school day, refusing to allow her to ride the bus home because one shoulder was revealed.

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Survey Finds Widespread Discrimination and Harassment of Trans Teachers

In March 2018 reporting of a survey of transgender and gender fluid teachers in the United States and Canada found widespread discrimination and harassment.

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FL Teacher Used Racial Slurs in Class

In March 2018 a Florida teacher was suspended for using racial slurs and telling students not to date black boys.

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New Report Finds that Racial Justice Gains Have Stalled or Reversed

A report released in February 2018, the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission, found that gains on poverty and racial justice have been stalled or reversed.

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Students with Disabilities Experience Discipline Twice as Often

Research released in February 2018 showed that students with disabilities experience discipline, including suspension and expulsion, at twice the rates of their fellow classmates.

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Hate Speech at a NJ High School

In February 2018 social media posts involving students at the same NJ high school included racist imagery and language.

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NY Teacher Directed to Stop Teaching Harlem Renaissance

In February 2018, which is Black History Month, a New York high school principal directed a teacher to stop teaching a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance.

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FL Teacher Who Married Same Sex Partner Fired from Catholic School

In February 2018 a teacher in Florida who married her same sex partner was fired following the wedding.

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TN Teen Told Photo Wouldn’t Appear in Yearbook Because She Did Not Conform to Gender Rules

In February 2018 a teenager in Tennessee found out that her photograph would not be displayed in her senior yearbook because she opted to wear a tux instead of a drape.

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White NY Teacher Walked on Black Students in Lesson on Slavery

In January 2018 a white middle school teacher in New York walked on the backs of black students to teach a lesson on slavery.

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School Administrators Pressured Teenage Sexual Assault Victim Not to Report

In January 2018 three Colorado school administrators were indicted for pressuring a student to not report sexual abuse by a teacher at the school.

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TX Refused Special Education to Students with Disabilities

In January 2018 the Department of Education notified the Texas Education Agency that a target maximum number of special education students violated federal law.

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WI Private School Homework Assignment Asks for Good Reasons for Slavery

In January 2018 a Wisconsin private school homework assignment asked for three good reasons for slavery.

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KS School Board Ended Parking Spot Symbols After Complaint of LGBTQ Flag

In December 2017 a school board in Kansas ended a six-year tradition of students painting their designated parking spots after a local citizen complained about one of the spots being painted with an LGBTQ rainbow.

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IN Bullied Autistic Child Handcuffed by Police Officer

In October 2017 an Indiana police officer handcuffed an autistic nine year old.

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FL Student Reprimanded for Taking Knee During Pledge

A Florida first grade student was reprimanded in front of classmates after taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance in September 2017.

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SC Teacher Uses Racist Assignment in Class

In September 2017 a fifth grade teacher in South Carolina, as part of a lesson on Reconstruction, assigned students to consider the justification of KKK members.

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US Education Department Closed Trans Student Investigation

In June 2017 The Education Department of the United States closed a civil rights investigation involving a transgender student.

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Black Women Face Higher Barriers to Advancement

According to a June 2017 advocacy organization’s report, black women in the United States face structural barriers to advancement of all sorts.

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MA Black Students Targeted in Dress Code Crackdown for Black Hairstyles

In April 2017 Massachusetts black students were targeted in a school dress code crackdown that seemed to focus on black hairstyles.

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FL Teacher Uses Racist, Sexist Assignment in Classroom

In April 2017 a Florida teacher used a classroom assignment to assess whether students were comfortable with “young black men” on the street, an “Arab” on an airplane, or a woman pastor.

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CA Teacher Assigns Racist Homework Assignment

In February 2017 California second grade students in a majority black school were given a homework assignment that included a question about the number of slaves needed to complete a task on a plantation.

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New MO Law Could Require a Felony Charge for Fighting

A change in Missouri law that went into effect in January 2017 could be applied to students, increasing the effects of the school-to-prison pipeline.

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