Hatred and Violence Must End

By Christine Mason   Heather Heyer, a 32-year old legal assistant, was killed and 19 were injured when a white supremacist from Ohio rammed his car into the group of counter-protestors at the site of a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Heather’s mother, Susan Bro, told MSNBC that Heather had been “passionate about[…]

PeaceJam: A Program To Reduce Bullying and Further Compassion

By Nicole Colchete, CEI Intern What Is PeaceJam? Over 1.25 million students have participated in PeaceJam clubs since it began in 1996.  During that time 14 Nobel Peace prize winners have facilitated 31 million peace projects in 39 countries. PeaceJam is a program that reduces bullying without directly discussing bullying. Rather, Peacejam uses compassion training[…]

ESSA, First Round Feedback

By Adriana Jarquin, CEI Intern As the transition period for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes to an end, states are beginning to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year by submitting their new education plans to the U.S. Department of Education. All states are required to submit new accountability plans to be peer reviewed[…]

Does Summer Break Help or Hurt Students?

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern Ed. Note: You know the routine. In the suburbs, parents, and particularly working moms, line up summer camps and classes. Parents with fewer resources do the best that they can to make sure children are supervised in the summer. Summer breaks, a mainstay of American education. Only a few weeks[…]

ESSA, Historical Antecedents & the Future of Education

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern Where are we headed with ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) with the Trump Administration? Will ESSA bring about the much needed relief that will help teachers and students find balanced lives again?  Or will the pressure to achieve continue? At a time when Finland is easing up on its[…]

Property Taxes and Education: Saving Prince William County Schools from being Inherently Inequitable

By Jordan Gilliard, CEI Intern  This is the first of a series of articles on inequities in education. In this article Jordan Gilliard addresses funding concerns in one school district in VA. As Ms. Gilliard says in her closing paragraph, “across the country, students of color are receiving a poorer quality than their white counterparts.[…]

Free Public Education is the Backbone of Democracy

By Christine Mason Historically, education in the US has served multiple functions. One of the important functions has been providing an access to knowledge and learning and a pathway to college or other post-secondary educational opportunities. In some ways, education has been an equalizer. Rather than rich families simply taking care of their own children,[…]

Hunger and Malnutrition in the US

By Christine Mason Did you know that: 20% of the population in Mississippi is “food insecure”? – the highest in the United States, followed by Arkansas (19%), Louisiana (18%), Alabama (19%), and Kentucky (17%) The poverty rate for children is 20% 19.4 million people in the US live in extreme poverty, which means that the[…]