Southern Education Desk

Education
6:25 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots

Stephanie Berry and her son Cameron.
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

When it comes to enrollment rates, neither the South nor the U.S. is anywhere near “universal Pre-K.” Only eight states provide it to more than half their four-year-olds. Georgia is one of them. Louisiana enacted legislation in 2008 promising to provide pre-K to every eligible child through the state-run LA-4 program starting with the 2013-14 school year.

Alabama's state-funded pre-K program has been recognized as one of the country's best. But as the Southern Education Desk's Dan Carsen reports, just six percent of eligible kids are enrolled.


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Education
9:03 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Vouchers Threaten Public School's Turnaround

Winbourne Elementary Principal Brenda Wilkinson
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

The state Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case against the statewide school voucher program.

At issue is whether private school tuition can be paid for with the funds that would otherwise go to struggling public schools.

At Hosanna Christian Academy, the tuition is being used in the battle to bring voucher students up to grade level. Hosanna's intervention strategies were inspired by the turnaround efforts at public Winbourne Elementary.
 


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Re-segregation
9:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Nashville Wrestles With Re-Segregation

Kindergarten students at Jones Paideia Magnet learn about the Civil Rights movement.
Credit Southern Education Desk

In Nashville, public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity.


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Re-segregation
9:41 am
Thu February 28, 2013

When And Why School Districts Re-segregate

Micky Zegaye (left) works with a tutor at Fugee Academy in Clarkston, GA.
Credit Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating.


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Re-segregation
9:55 am
Wed February 27, 2013

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi

Angela Merritt, with daughters Gabby and Larasha, is working to reintegrate Tate County Schools.
Credit Kristian Weatherspoon

In Coldwater, MS, the student body was divided after the construction of a new school. That has sparked debate over whether separate can be equal.


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Re-segregation
6:49 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Segregation Academies': Past and Definitely Present

Pickens Academy Class of 2012
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

The history of education in the South is woven to the history of race. When whites saw public-school integration coming, many started private schools, sometimes called "segregation academies" – and they still play a role.


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Re-segregation
8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Clinton After Segregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past

Statues of the “Clinton 12″ look out over downtown Clinton, TN.
Credit Christine Jessel / Southern Education Desk

Ever since the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in Brown-versus-Board-of-Education in 1954, the racial makeup of our schools has been in flux.

Forced integration made the South’s public schools some of the most integrated in the country. But now, here and across the nation, schools are re-segregating.

Some of the earliest desegregation efforts played out in  Clinton, TN.


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Resegregation
10:49 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana

Students in a Baton Rouge public school.
Credit Sue Lincoln / Southern Education Desk

It’s been nearly 60 years since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, and the subsequent flurry of lawsuits forcing the desegregation of schools. Two recent studies—one from Stanford University, the other from UCLA—say that schools, particularly in the South, are becoming re-segregated after the lawsuits are settled. Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish appears to be part of that pattern.

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The Charter Movement
2:26 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Growing Doubts About For-Profit Public School Management

For-profit public school management is on the decline across the country. In 2007 about half of charter schools that entered into management contracts did so with a for-profit company. Three years later, that number fell by 25 percent. In New Orleans, all of the for-profits that came in to manage charters after Hurricane Katrina are now gone. Opposition to for-profit public schools in Mississippi is growing fierce.


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Southern Education Desk
9:16 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Remembrances of Civil Rights, Confederate Leaders Combined

Gen. Robert E. Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King are remembered together in Mississippi on
Credit Library of Congress

Schools around the country are closed Monday in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. But schools in the Deep South are also observing the birthday of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. 

Though Louisiana doesn't, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama all officially roll the holidays together and leave it to schools to communicate the confusing marriage to students. From the Southern Education Desk, Annie Gilbertson, reports on a Mississippi community college that has decided to name the combined observance, "Heritage Day."

 


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