The Nation's Voice for Urban Education
November/December 2021 • Vol. 30, No. 8
Urban School Districts Host Vaccination Clinics for Ages 5-11
Wearing a Superman face mask to get his first shot against the coronavirus, 9-year-old Bryce Malone drew an audible, deep breath and squeezed his eyes closed tight – but just for a second. Then it was over.
Changes at the Helm: NYC, L.A., and El Paso School Districts
New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams has named David Banks, the founder of a network of public all-boys schools, as the next chancellor of the nation’s largest school district with 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools.

Historian, Philanthropist and 2021 National Teacher of Year Address Council
Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, had a clear message for his audience of big-city school leaders: “respond responsibly” to critics and defend high school coursework in African-American history, Latino history, and ethnic studies.

Student School Board Members Aim to be Heard at Town Hall
Student representatives to urban school boards offered insights into that experience as participants in the virtual Town Hall at the Council of the Great City Schools’ 65th Fall Conference.

Miami School Board Member Named Top Educator
Marta Pérez has served on the Miami-Dade County school board since 1998 and has been an unwavering supporter of countless initiatives, particularly in the areas of ethics and accountability, parental involvement, wellness and student achievement.

Legislative Column

No Christmas Miracle for Improving School Facilities
President Barack Obama proclaimed a “Christmas Miracle” six years ago in the bipartisan agreement on the “Every Student Success Act” (ESSA). 

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