Are School Vouchers the Solution?

Question: Hello, what do you think of school vouchers? And, the discrepancy between inner-city schools and suburban schools with funding?

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Question:

Hello, what do you think of school vouchers? And, the discrepancy between inner-city schools and suburban schools with funding?

Answer:

In his book Shame of a Nation, Jonathan Kozol documents the vast difference in public-school funding between schools that serve Black and brown students and those that serve white students. This distinction, by the way, is not difficult to make because, as Kozol documents, schools are more segregated than ever before in our history.

Vouchers are not a good solution—however, until school funding is equalized, I don't see how I can be against them. I am fortunate enough to give my children the best possible education. I'd like that option to be open to everyone. The problem is that if the best and brightest leave the public-school system, what happens to the kids left behind?

Trump's Minion Betsy DeVos Gives Green Light for Schools to Blow Whistle on Immigrants

Ignorance ignores federal law protecting DACA kids; pushes deportation over education.

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There is no sanctuary for children in President Donald Trump's racist world, and now schools can be a tool for deporting children and parents.

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Teacher Tells Black Student: When You Turn 16, Police Will Shoot You

Malachi Pearson's family had been affected by gun violence in a state more likely to kill Black people unjustly than most.

Malachi Pearson / Screen shot from Fox 4KC News vodeo.

A recent study by Washington University in St. Louis found that Blacks across the country are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than any other group of people. This includes incidents where police have killed unarmed Black boys before the age of 16, such as Tamir Rice at age 12.

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Two Different Cups of Joe: How The Coffee Bean and Starbucks Handled Racism

In an age of increasing racial confrontations, a business must have zero tolerance for discrimination.

In the Trump era, there has been a proliferation of Islamophobic and racist incidents across the country. When discrimination occurs at a place of business, it's apparent if the company's leadership and workforce support diversity and inclusion. A Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf café barista refused to serve a racist customer; meanwhile, a white manager at a Starbucks called the police on two Black men for no reason.

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White Yale Student Calls Police on Black Student for Napping in Dorm

A Black graduate student was harassed for falling asleep while studying.

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Yale University claims it is committed to "maintaining an inclusive community of scholars." However, there's a glaring error in its practices when a white graduate student is either ill prepared or unwilling to live in a diverse and inclusive environment and continues to call the authorities on Black students.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Executives from Nielsen, New York Life, TIAA and Toyota Motor North America talk about communicating their commitment to D&I management and backing it up with actions that get results.

At the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 event, more than 400 people were in attendance during the day to hear best practices on effectively managing diversity and inclusion.

Moderator: Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

Panelists:

  • Angela Talton, Chief Diversity Officer, Nielsen
  • Kathleen Navarro, VP & Chief Diversity Officer, New York Life
  • Steve Larson, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, TIAA
  • Adrienne Trimble, General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Toyota Motor North America