Weekly News Roundup: How to Keep Teachers of Color

Our team is always seeking the latest news in the field of education. As advocates for a high-quality education for ALL students, we know we have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on in the education spheres of our nation…from the White House to the local public school district, from new legislation to the small acts of bravery and kindness made by a single teacher, from the milestones and celebrations to the hazardous injustices affecting many of our nation’s students.

Here are the stories that stood out to us this week.

Rising temperatures leave students sweltering as districts look to fund AC via Education Dive

A study published last year showed years of PSAT scores from over 10 million high school students indicated scores fell 1% for every degree higher a school’s temperature rose over the previous year’s average. The effect was three to four times more severe for black and Hispanic students and low-income students than for their white, affluent peers.

If You Listen, We Will Stay via The Education Trust

“When students of color see themselves reflected in their instructors’ identities and in the curriculum, studies show that the positive impact on student achievement is far-reaching, not only for students of color, but for all students.”

Florida officer fired for ‘traumatic’ arrests of two 6-year-old students at school via The Washington Post

“I refuse to knowingly play any role in the school-to-prison pipeline at any age,” State Attorney Ayala said. “These very young children are to be protected, nurtured and disciplined in a manner that does not rely on the criminal justice system to do it.”

One thing to read this weekend

A charter school faces the ugly history of school choice in the Deep South via The Hechinger Report

In rural parts of the South, school choice has long been linked to private segregation academies opened for white families fleeing desegregation and busing. Mississippi’s first rural charter school challenges that legacy, but threatens the struggling traditional public schools most black children still attend.

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