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A Year After Nationwide Protests, District Promises for Racial Equity — Juneteenth Gains Legal Popularity, but Misses Classroom Recognition

Districts tout plans for racial equity, but did they leave out social studies curriculum? In-school lessons on Juneteenth are scarce, even with President Biden signing it into law as the 12th federal holiday, writes Marianna McMurdock.

June 17, 2021 | The 74 Million
Pandemic Learning Loss Is Rooted in the Racial Chasm Between Educators and Students of Color. Only Teacher Diversity and a Strong Black Teacher Pipeline Can Fix It

The widened achievement gap reflects the chasm between the ability of teachers and school leaders and the potential of children of color. The root cause is not the pandemic, but instead the pre-existing racism endemic writes Sharif El-Mekki.

June 16, 2021 | The 74 Million
Case Studies: How 11 States Are Using Emergency Federal Funds to Make Improvements in College and Career Access That Will Endure Beyond the Pandemic

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund gave states $4.25 billion in discretionary federal dollars to support K–12 schools, higher education, and workforce initiatives. These were welcome resources, coming just as the pandemic accelerated unemployment and exacerbated declining college enrollment, hitting those from low-income backgrounds hardest.

June 3, 2021 | The 74 Million
To Make Up for Lost Learning, Students Need Strong Networks. Our New Playbook Offers Help in Building Relationships & Addressing this Looming Social Crisis

As schools plan for the summer and upcoming school year, a road to reconnection must be paved in order to ensure student engagement and empowerment, writes Mahnaz Charania, Ph.D.

May 18, 2021 | The 74 Million
Learning to Cut Hair — at Home: How Remote Classes Forced Career Technical Students To Lose Hands-On Skills Classes During the Pandemic

Model engines replace real ones and students cut family and mannequin hair for pandemic trade school.

May 11, 2021 | The 74 Million
‘I Had No Other Option.’ Teens Balance Zoom Classes and Fast-Food Jobs — Sometimes at the Same Time — to Support Struggling Families`

Students share their stories of balancing work and school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 10, 2021 | The 74 Million
Chicago Public Schools apprenticeship program designed to offer students path to careers signs up first business partners

The first group of business partners has been finalized for a new apprenticeship program that seeks to put Chicago Public Schools students on the way to careers in manufacturing, health care or information technology.

October 8, 2019 | The 74 Million
New Poll Finds Voters Favor Innovation, School Choice, Fair Funding and Accountability. The Democrats Should Listen.

Next week, Democrats will make history as 12 candidates crowd the debate stage, the most ever to participate in a single debate.

October 7, 2019 | The 74 Million
Who You Know — 3 Ways Schools Can Foster Competency-Based Education by Focusing on Student Relationships

Competency-based education has seen its fair share of champions over the past decade, offering the promise of a new architecture of learning. As the competency bandwagon continues to get more crowded, however, there is a critical—and too often ignored—through line between competencies and connections.

September 16, 2019 | The 74 Million