Black Children Are More Likely to Be Beaten By Their Teachers

As a mother of three, one of the central concerns I have each is for the safety of my children. While my partner and I have opted not to use corporal punishment in our household, we know that some parents still advocate for its use in their own homes. However, corporal punishment in schools is something (I thought) was a thing of the past. Apparently it isn’t and it is happening far too frequently to Black children.

Graduation Part II: Vanette W

I met Vanette in the spring of 2013 at Street Level Youth Media.  I was immediately impressed and inspired by her deep passion for youth development and addressing social issues that affect Chicago youth. Through discussion with Vanette about the Chicago Public School system, homeless students, and youth violence, it was apparent that at the age of 17 she possessed a maturity level far beyond her years. Vanette spoke about violence from the perspective of a CPS student and youth educator. She is a student teacher with the Chicago Urban Teaching Academy, a program that started at her high school in 2010.

Educator Brooke Harris Says She’s Facing Termination for Speaking Out Against EAA

Brooke Harris, a teacher at a Detroit High School, is facing termination for allegedly helping her students organize a walkout in protest of the school’s policies.

Harris is no stranger to controversy. Just  last year she was fired from another Michigan high school for helping students with a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin.

She says she had nothing to do with the walkout, and is being singled out for speaking out against the Education Achievement Authority, the organization that runs the school.

Parents and Teachers Hold Protest Against NYC Principal for Targeting Black Teachers; Calling Them “Gorillas”

Last month we told you about a NYC principal under fire for targeting and forcing out the only black teacher’s at Pan American International High School.

The outrage has only increased since then. Principal Minerva Zanca is also accused of calling them “gorillas,” and making derogatory comments about their “big lips” and “nappy hair.”

Parents and teachers recently held protests outside of the NYC Dept of Education, calling for her ouster.

Principal Fires Three Black Teachers; Uses Racist, Abusive Language Towards Them

A petition has been launched demanding the ousting of NYC Principal Minerva Zanca, who is accused of firing a group of black teachers, and calling them “big lipped,” “nappy haired,” and “gorillas.”

A harassment claim filed against Zanca alleges targeting of the three teachers throughout the 2012-2013 school year.

The petition was launched by Kevin Powell’s BK Nation:

CPS: High School Graduation Rate in Chicago Hits Record High

A week after closing 50 Chicago public schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is touting an increased high school graduation rate as a sign that “we are pointed in the right direction, making the right decisions for our children.

A projected 63 percent of seniors will graduate in Chicago this year, up from 61 percent last year.

According to the Emanuel administration, this is part of a rising trend over the past decade.

Chicago School Board Votes to Close 50 Schools; Largest School Closure in City’s History

Despite days of protests and acts of civil disobedience, the Chicago Public School Board has voted to close 49 elementary schools and 1 high school program.

Dozens of parents came out to address their concerns, and several protesters had to be physically removed from the meeting.

Just four schools were spared; a vote on one school was delayed until next year.

From the Chicago Tribune:

We can no longer embrace the status quo because the status quo is not working for all Chicago school children,” Byrd-Bennett said before the vote was taken.