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Wisconsin Students Rally to Support Sanctuary Schools | SHOWTIME

By Phillip Giles on Tuesday, April, 4th, 2017 in Newsroom.

Mark Halperin covers a VOCES rally supporting sanctuary schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin prior to a school board vote that would declare Milwaukee Public Schools a sanctuary district. After students get the chance to share their emotional stories, the resolution from the school board passes, shielding students and families from deportation while on school grounds. Watch Read more…


There’s a Big Part of Rural America That Everyone’s Ignoring | Washington Post

By Phillip Giles on Friday, March, 24th, 2017 in Newsroom.

Last year’s earthshaking election brought new attention to rural America. This attention is overdue — rural America has long been largely ignored by reporters, researchers and policymakers — and much of it is useful, as this increasingly urban-centric country tries to understand and reconnect with those living far from cities. Hazen Board Member, Mara Casey Read more…


Coalition Wants School’s “Climate” Considered During Assessments | Boston Herald

By Phillip Giles on Friday, January, 27th, 2017 in Newsroom.

The push from the Youth on Board, the Boston Student Advisory Council and other groups comes as the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering expanding how it judges school performance beyond standardized testing as it puts in place new federal rules, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act. Click Here for Full Read more…


Are We Criminalizing Our Students? | EDWEEK

By Phillip Giles on Wednesday, December, 7th, 2016 in Newsroom.

An overemphasis on criminal justice undermines K-12 education By Lori Bezahler & Allison Brown Despite the deep political divisions laid bare by the November election, there is an emerging consensus that we are spending too much money to put too many Americans behind bars. Our prison and jail population has tripled to about 2.2 million Read more…


The $3.4 Trillion Mistake: The Cost of Mass Incarceration and Criminalization, and How Justice Reinvestment Can Build A Better Future For All

By Phillip Giles on Tuesday, October, 25th, 2016 in Newsroom.

The report by Hazen grantees, Communities United, Make the Road New York, and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, provides a national and state-by-state analysis of the country’s investments in police, prisons, jails, prosecutors, and immigration enforcement. It shows that, from 1982 to 2012, the U.S. increased its spending on the justice system from $90 billion annually Read more…


How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning

By Phillip Giles on Tuesday, October, 11th, 2016 in Newsroom.

A new study shows that the pressures associated with discrimination contribute to the achievement gap. A recent study from Northwestern University corroborates Agostini’s experience, suggesting that the stress of racial discrimination may partly explain the persistent gaps in academic performance between some nonwhite students, mainly black and Latino youth, and their white counterparts. The team Read more…