In Eastern India, 600 high school students were expelled for cheating on year 10 exams. Parents and friends of students scaled the out walls of school buildings to pass cheat cheat sheets to students taking tests inside. If these students do not pass the exams they cannot continue their education that leads to jobs in a very competitive market.
The band Portugal. The Man together with StubHub and Dr. Martens is putting $1 million worth of musical instruments in US schools, focusing on underfunded schools. This initiative, partnered with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, was introduced at South by Southwest media event in Austin, Texas. This project will continue over the next year and will include others artists and musicians.
There are many links to story about Starbucks retreating from its “Race Together” campaign by discontinuing printing on its cups. Here’s one: Starbucks baristas no longer writing ‘Race Together’ on cups
Let’s hope they don’t retreat from their soft campaign to engage customers in discussion about race, and class, and disadvantage in America. Backing away from these discussions will surely prevent progress–sorely needed progress in these areas.
The California Parent Empowerment Act was designed to aid turn arounds of troubled schools initiated by students’ parents votes to overhaul the structure and operations of their schools. Changes range from hiring a new principal to changing the school into a charter. California’s parent-trigger law allowed for these initiatives to help failing schools through parent input. Most of the schools where parents have used the law serve predominantly Hispanic and African-American students from low-income families.
Tulsa Public Schools got approval of bond from voters to fund the districts technology updates. Over 85% of students in the district are on free and reduced lunch and don’t have multiple devices at home to work on. The funding will go towards laptops for each student to use on school grounds. The money will go to the schools transportation network, classrooms, and libraries.