Politic365: Hot Topic at Urban League Conference: The State of Urban Education
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On Saturday, the last day of the National Urban League Conference in New Orleans, what some have called the “civil rights issue of our era” was explored in a plenary session moderated by Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University.
Some of the topics discussed included improving poor performing schools, what the Obama administration has done to improve education, the attacks on public school teachers, and how people who aren’t parents can do their part to help.
In terms of improving schools, Joe Scantlebury of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talked about his organization’s goal to focus on the classroom here in the US. Most of the foundation’s giving is focused on international issues, but as a domestic priority, the organization’s concern is common course standards. Scantlebury talked about the importance of having an effective teacher and how most successful people who have gone through school and have complete college can point to one person who was pivotal in the classroom.
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