MAKE NO MISTAKE. The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education on Tuesday is a direct attack on America’s children of color. That’s because black and brown children now constitute the majority of students in America’s public schools. And according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of whites is expected to…

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On Wednesday I moderated a WHYY forum featuring a panel of black scholars talking about Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer who fought Jim Crow head on, eventually winning Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court case which desegregated schools—in theory, at least. While I was moderating that forum, which traced…

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Is the Philadelphia School District up for sale? It seems to be the central question facing taxpayers in the wake of a $35 million offer from the non-profit Philadelphia Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP). Most of the money —$25 million—would go to fund new charter school applications that the School District says it can’t afford to…

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