“Systemwide Failure”: Gun Control Advocates Demand New Regulations After Michigan School Shooting

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, the War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. The funerals have begun in Oxford, Michigan, for the four students killed last week when one of their 15-year-old classmates opened fire in a rampage that also …
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‘Refusal’ to make Covid school contingency plans for exams is ‘unforgivable’

Support us and go ad-free The government’s “refusal” to make contingency plans for schools and exams in summer 2020 is the “most unforgivable aspect” of its handling of education amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has suggested. Lessons regarding school closures and examinations from the first lockdown were “not learnt”, leading to a case …
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After 140 Years, Native Youth Lead Return of 10 Children’s Remains from Carlisle Indian School in PA

The remains of nine Indigenous children were buried by the Rosebud Sioux in South Dakota after being transferred back from the former Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where the children were forcibly sent over 140 years ago. Carlisle was the first government boarding school off reservation land, and it set the standard for other schools …
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Proportion of children securing first-choice secondary school place falls

Support us and go ad-free The proportion of pupils gaining places at their first-choice secondary school has fallen, figures show. Nearly a fifth of children have missed out on their top choice of secondary school, rising to more than two in five pupils in some areas of England, according to data from the Department for …
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Forget tutoring and longer days. Our school system needs a complete overhaul.

After over a year of disrupted learning, the already large disadvantage gap in UK education has blown apart. As a result, educators and policy makers have been left scrambling for a solution to help less privileged pupils catch up with their peers. Sir Kevan Collins, formerly in charge of education recovery plans, quit last week. …
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"There Are Many Others": 215 Bodies Found at Canadian Residential School for Indigenous Children

The Canadian government is facing pressure to declare a national day of mourning after the bodies of 215 children were found in British Columbia on the grounds of a school for Indigenous children who were forcibly separated from their families by the government. The bodies were discovered at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, which opened …
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Kids and parents say ‘hands off our school’ to unwanted academy order

Community campaigners are fighting back against attempts to turn their Sussex primary school into an academy. NEU members will go on strike next week to protest the Interim Executive Board’s (IEB) decision to apply for an academy order for Peacehaven Heights primary school. The IEB has applied for an order despite consultation on turning the …
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Afghanistan in Mourning After School Bombing in Kabul Kills 85, Mostly Hazara Shiite Girls

At least 85 people, mostly young girls, were killed in Afghanistan after several bomb blasts outside a school in the capital Kabul. Survivors said the bombs were timed to go off as the girls left school for the day. The neighborhood where the attack occurred is mostly populated by the minority Hazara Shia community, and …
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Children’s Laureate warns of ‘vast inequality’ in primary school libraries

Children’s laureate Cressida Cowell has warned of “vast inequality” in the provision of primary school libraries, and said the gap in educational achievement and opportunity “remains stark, worrying and urgent” as she called for Boris Johnson to ring-fence a yearly investment of £100m. Reading The author, known for books including the How To Train Your …
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For evidence of institutional racism, look no further than this school in Westminster

Pupils at Pimlico Academy have successfully challenged school leadership to make the secondary school more inclusive and reflective of the student body. On 31 March, students staged a protest on the school grounds in opposition to changes new headteacher Daniel Smith brought in summer 2020. These changes included school uniform policies banning hairstyles that “block …
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