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Opioid Crisis Another Dilemma for Urban Education

Story by Micah Ali

When President Donald Trump dramatically declared the opioid crisis a “national health emergency” a month ago, he was announcing the grim reality that those of us working for and in low-income communities of color have faced on the ground for a generation—that opioids and other drugs kill and destroy hope.

Fair Representation

Urban districts strive to solve disproportionality in their schools

Story by Michelle Healy

Disproportionality isn’t a word that regularly pops up in casual conversation, but for school leaders invested in the work of improving urban education, it’s an essential part of the dialogue and the mission of equity. 

Teacher Diversity Matters

Critical Care

Recruitment, retention are part of the complex solution

Story by Del Stover

Urban school boards have struggled for years to improve the diversity of their teaching staffs, so students will have at least some teachers who look like them.

Yet, such efforts don’t seem to have helped all that much. Although the number of students of color increases year after year, the number of minority teachers fails to keep pace.

Keeping the Arts Alive

Critical Care

A Connecticut district invests in the arts during challenging budget times

Story by Mark D. Benigni, Robert E. Kosienski Jr., and Brian R. Cyr

Student Press

Critical Care

Strong journalism programs are essential to civics, media literacy

Story by Glenn Cook

Emily Smith’s students were suspicious. They were working on a profile about the newly hired principal at Kansas’ Pittsburg High School, and statements about her background and transcript weren’t adding up.

Killer Epidemic

Critical Care

Schools deal with repercussions of the nation’s opioid crisis

Story by Michelle Healy

Falmouth, Massachusetts, on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, is every inch the quintessential coastal town. A popular destination for summer tourists, Falmouth is famous for its beaches, ocean and marine research facilities, and passenger ferries that travel to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands. 

Building the Perfect School

Critical Care

Building the Perfect School

Story by Del Stover

What to consider when planning for new or retrofitted school buildings 

When you think about it, the architecture of most K-12 schools today is designed for an instructional model that’s long outdated.

Observation Deck

Critical Care

ESSA monitoring can bring benefits to districts

Maribeth Vander Weele

During a state monitoring visit, Toledo Schools Administrator Scott TenEyck saw a program that transformed a school from chaos to purposeful organization and improved graduation rates. So he spread the word —and the college readiness program expanded to more than 20 buildings.

Whole District Fundraising

Critical Care

Development offices help raise money for K-12 districts

Stan Levenson

In these days of tight budgets, it’s imperative that the public schools learn how to bring in outside monies. For years, schools have been relying on modest fundraising approaches like bake sales, candy sales, and car washes. These time-consuming tactics, while helpful in the past, can no longer carry the burden of cash-strapped schools. 

The Face of Hunger

Critical Care

Districts work to solve childhood hunger

Del Stover

If you’re not convinced that hunger is a real problem for your students, visit a school cafeteria on the morning after a long weekend, suggests Lynn Harvey, president of the School Nutrition Association.

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