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Providing mental health support for children of color more important than ever
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Providing mental health support for children of color more important than ever

Society is rapidly changing, and children of color in school today face pressures I never had to worry about when I was growing up. The mental health of children is more important now than ever. With Covid 19, the nation’s political/racial unrest, school shootings (which have become a sad norm), on top of the stresses that come with life and wanting to return to school, and the wanting to fitting in, the probability of students suffering from mental health crises is at an all time high. With the start of this school year, considering the anticipation and anxiety that this big day brings kids who return to school, I couldn’t help but to think about the kids returning to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and their mental health. It feels like yesterday when 19 students and two te...
Florida university department suspends anti-racism statement due to “Stop WOKE Act”
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Florida university department suspends anti-racism statement due to “Stop WOKE Act”

The English department at University of Central Florida enacted a statement last year to combat racism — and just one year later they’re reportedly forced to suspend the statement due to the Governor’s so-called “Stop WOKE Act” which passed last year. UCF's Department of English put its anti-racism statement into action last year to support minority students and erode systemic racism. The department’s anti-racism statement also aimed to help represent students of color and create better opportunities for young writers. Florida Republicans, especially DeSantis, has been peddling an erroneous claim that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is taught in school, and have somehow maligned the college-level course which has nothing to with “anti-racism” — as if that were a bad thing. The "Stop WOKE Ac...
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Texas educators propose removing the word “slavery” from education

In the latest attempts to undermine American history and promote lies, a group of “educators” in Texas proposed the word  “slavery” be replaced in social studies curriculum. A group of nine educators wanted to replace what is known as slavery with the term “involuntary relocation” and submitted the proposal to the state Board of Education. The idea was proposed for second-grade students. Immigrants who came to America from European countries, for example, would be considered people who came via “voluntary relocation.” Texas is one of many states where right-wing lawmakers and educators have tried to remove race-related education from the classroom,  following the recent move to ban “Critical Race Theory” from school education — a college-level course that is not standard in upper educati...
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Update: Ohio school district sued over anti-race teaching ban

Well, that was fast. It looks like the proposal to ban race-related education in an Ohio school district has created enough of a stir to motivate parents to file a lawsuit. In an update to the story BNN posted last month, parents filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over a resolution that would ban teaching “Critical Race Theory” and prohibit any “anti-racism” curriculum or instruction. The school district being sued is located in suburban Cincinnati. Last week, the school board approved (as BNN predicted) the resolution. The federal lawsuit filed this week called the resolution illegal and unconstitutional, and says the restrictions proposed would promote racist behavior. The lawsuit is asking a judge to stop the restriction to race-related education from being enforced by school administra...
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Arizona schools duck wave of “Critical Race Theory” restrictions — for now

Arizona schools will be free of any restrictions banning discussions on race and ethnicity for at least the 2022-2023 school year after one Republican state senator missed the vote today. The bill, sponsored by another Republican, takes aim at “Critical Race Theory” — a course not even taught in K-12 schools — by restricting teachers from giving students assignments or lessons that deal with race and ethnicity in America. The lone Republican who missed Friday’s legislative session — the last session of the current legislative calendar year — reportedly said fellow state senators knew he would not be available today and could have put the bill up for vote earlier this week. He blamed state Republicans for being disorganized. This is the second year in a row GOP senators in Arizona faile...
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Ohio school board proposes banning anti-racism from school curriculum

A misguided group of school board members in an Ohio town proposed a ban that would exclude any curriculum that teaches topics that may be deemed anti-racist. The board, which is almost completely (if not entirely) White, proposed the ban earlier this month. It includes teaching “Critical Race Theory.” The superintendent has already vehemently denied CRT is (or has ever been) taught in K-12 Ohio schools. The ban would prevent teachers from giving students assignments that have them think about race and culture, as well as gender identity and sexual preference, among other things. This follows Ohio Republicans introducing a bill to the house earlier this month that prohibits schools from “teaching or providing training that promotes or endorses divisive or inherently racist concepts.”...
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Piggybacking on CRT disinformation campaign, Georgia Gov. signs ‘Divisive Concepts’ bill

Unfortunately, students in yet another southern state will turn the page to the next chapter of nonsense in public education following the signing today of new laws that curb race-related education in Georgia. Gov. Bryan Kemp signed the “divisive concepts” bill aimed at shutting education on race in the classroom, and the “Parent’s Bill of Rights.” The legislation restricts schools and teachers from sharing academics that suggest the United States is racist. In other words, lie. “Divisive concepts” comes on the heels of the manufactured controversy about  Critical Race Theory that’s been making its rounds among Republicans who want to appear strong to their base, especially those up for re-election this Fall. CRT, which has long been taught with college curriculum associated with r...