Category: Policy

Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Let’s just call her Betsy DeVoid. Our secretary of education earns a name-change because of her predilection for voiding laws that protect our most disenfranchised students. First it was rescissions to the civil rights regulations that protect students with disabilities. Now it’s the 2014 Obama administration’s school discipline guidance, also based on civil rights law, that requires districts to address…

The Obama guidance on discipline can help us hear what students of color are trying to say

When we talk about school discipline, we leave out an important piece of the conversation: why is it an issue in so many schools? Why are so many students acting out? Behavior is a form of communication; misbehavior is how students ask for something they need. This is true of every student in every school; it’s a normal process of…

Having gun-toting teachers with no statewide training or regulations feels a lot like the Wild Wild West

“I hear ya got a bunch of gun-totin’ teachers out there in Colorado,” my newest text message read. I was thinking about how to respond to my friend from New York and then he texted again. “It’s like the Wild, Wild West out there! 😂” Now I was looking for the the 😡 emoji. Listen, it’s bad enough all my friends think…

Students with Special Needs are at Risk of Losing their Civil Rights

I’m detecting a trend. Recently, The Atlantic ran a piece that catalogues the Trump administration’s disregard of civil rights protections for Americans (and aspiring Americans) during the tenure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Across every issue, from criminal-justice reform to voting rights to LGBTQ rights,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, “the attorney…