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November 5, 2018
Care about education? On Election Day, watch these races with us
Education won’t be top of mind for all voters on Tuesday. But in some parts of the country, schools are at the heart of intense political battles.
dotting the i's
March 2, 2018
Group that supported Douglas County anti-voucher candidates fined in campaign finance case
A judge found no attempt to deceive voters because the group disclosed "the key fact that a large national union of teachers was attempting to influence the election.”
October 25, 2017
Teacher, school finance lawyer face off to represent east Denver on school board
A policy prohibits district employees, including teachers, from serving on the board.
November 23, 2016
My education career has focused on poor students of color. Why I’m rethinking that in the wake of Trump’s election
If America fails to provide everyone with an education that puts them on the path to prosperity, we all lose. People of color like me are likely to lose the most.
November 22, 2016
Polls convinced me Hillary Clinton wouldn’t lose. As an education researcher, the result was a wake-up call
We must talk to humans, really talk to them, to get an accurate understanding of situations — from school segregation to voting patterns.
November 14, 2016
What I learned from running for office as Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year (and losing)
The sting of my loss — and the loss of a measure to increase teacher salaries — was powerful. What remains clear is that I love my job, and I’m not giving up.
November 11, 2016
How my school embraced student protesters after Trump’s win
We offered space. We allowed students to protest thoughtfully. We hugged. I was proud to be a part of it.
November 11, 2016
I don’t know what the next four years will look like. But my classroom will be full of love
There really is no other option. We must keep going.
November 10, 2016
How a refugee father gave me hope — and a new outlook on teaching U.S. history
One conversation changed how I teach U.S. history.
the next day
November 9, 2016
‘Will I be deported?’ Inside America’s classrooms in the wake of Trump’s win
After campaign in which Trump talked about ramping up deportations, teachers at schools that serve immigrants faced intensely personal questions.
November 8, 2016
Snack votes and ‘crazy’ debates: What the presidential election looks like through the eyes of an elementary school student
For many New York City students, the last few months have been a lesson in American democracy — for better or worse.
October 7, 2016
New York City students talk about voting — and Donald Trump
In the onslaught of campaign TV ads this presidential election season, you may have seen this one: children sit in front of a TV screen watching Donald Trump deliver divisive comments about immigrants, women and people with disabilities. The ad wraps up with a message: “Our children are watching.” Apparently, so are New York City teenagers. Chalkbeat caught up with a handful of students this week as they registered to vote for the first time at an event organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. The group visited schools across the five boroughs, making sure teens didn’t miss out on the chance to cast their first ballot. Here’s what three teens at Pathways to Graduation at Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, an alternative school for older students working toward a high school equivalency degree, had to say about registering to vote, presidential politics and their hopes for the future. Tyrone Alexis, 19, Canarsie Tyrone Alexis wasn’t planning to vote. Then he got a crash course in civics from the New York Immigration Coalition. “They just said that basically the world gave us opportunity,” he said. “That’s the only power we get towards the government.” That was enough to convince him. Now that he’s registered, Alexis said he feels empowered -- and plans to make voting a social affair. “My friends, they plan to vote. We’re going to go together,” he said. The first ballot he’ll cast will be for Hillary Clinton, Alexis said. He was swayed by revelations that Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for almost two decades, as reported by the New York Times. “Hillary thinks that people that make a lot of money should pay more taxes than the people who don’t make a lot of money,” he said. Also on his mind as he heads to the ballot box: what kinds of work will be available once he and his friends enter the labor market. “We should get more jobs,” Alexis said. “That’s a big impact on the generation now." Kevin Narcisse, 19, Brooklyn Kevin Narcisse was born in the U.S., but his parents are from Haiti. Though he described his mom as a regular voter, Narcisse himself has yet to cast a ballot. Trump's stance on immigration convinced him to change that. “He wants our people, our moms and dads, to go back to their country. And that’s why I’m voting for Hillary," he said. "I don’t want to see my mom and dad to go back to their country."
August 1, 2016
Here are three state House races in Memphis where education groups are spending money
At least six candidates running in contested races for the Tennessee House of Representatives are attracting money from groups and individuals with education policy goals.
July 28, 2016
Here’s what two candidates say about Memphis schools in the district’s only contested school board race
Vying for the District 3 seat, incumbent Stephanie Love and challenge Sharon Fields answer Chalkbeat's questions heading into Election Day on Aug. 4.
May 13, 2015
After city outreach, more parents participate in education council elections
The number of parents who voted or ran in this year’s elections for local and citywide education advisory board seats surged this year following an outreach campaign.
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