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Great Oaks associates and Board member chosen for equity program

Great Oaks via The Clermont Sun |

The IAED Mentorship Program was created to further inclusion, access, equity and diversity in career-technical education.

Ramona Beck, Assistant Dean at Scarlet Oaks Career Campus and “AL” Long, Great Oaks Board member representing North College Hill, were among 32 educational leaders selected as mentors. Scarlet Oaks English instructor Emma Godfrey is one of 36 mentees in the program.

Mentors and mentees will be encouraged to take on leadership roles in the national ACTE organization and advised current career-technical leaders on IAED issues. Participants in the program will meet monthly and take on such activities as reviewing current best practices, developing statements and documents for career-technical schools and organizations, and shaping national policies and procedures.

Minnesota Gov. Walz unveils education plan centered on pandemic and equity

Mohamed Ibrahim, AP News |

The plan, named the Due North Education Plan, attempts to address the pandemic’s toll on school systems statewide by expanding academic programs and mental health services starting in the summer of 2021 that will last throughout the following school year, and by providing a one-time investment to schools to prevent an impact due to enrollment loss during the pandemic.

Walz, a former public school teacher, said during a media briefing on Monday that the proposal aims to also reduce racial inequity in Minnesota schools. Those measures include the creation of an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center within the state education department, recruitment and retention of more diverse teachers, and anti-bias training for school staff.

New executive order aligns Title IX with Bostock decision

Melissa M. Carleton, Kate Vivian Davis, Bricker & Eckler LLP |

After months of speculation as to how a new administration may enforce Title IX, newly inaugurated President Biden wasted no time in addressing the matter. On his first day in office, he issued seventeen executive orders, including the “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.”

The executive order addresses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the Court held that Title VII prohibited employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. A close read of the decision suggested that the Court might favor a similar interpretation of Title IX, but the U.S. Department of Education (ED) did not appear to adopt that reading. In fact, in the months that followed, ED issued severaldocuments suggesting that it would not apply the reasoning of Bostock in the Title IX context. The question for school districts and institutions of higher education was whether courts would agree with ED’s reasoning, or whether they would be enforcing a completely separate standard. 

This is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice and does not create or imply an attorney-client relationship.

Read the full article at Bricker & Eckler LLP.

Fairfield City Schools kick off first Unity Week to teach students lessons in diversity

Whitney Miller, WCPO |

With messages and curriculum inspired by both the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a strong feeling of division in the United States, Fairfield City Schools have launched their first ever Unity Week, to teach students the importance of both unity and diversity.

Transgender athletes look hopefully to White House transition

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press – PBS News Hour |

President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education is expected to switch sides in two key legal battles — one in Connecticut, the other in Idaho — that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.

It may ultimately fall to Congress to clarify once and for all whether Title IX, the civil rights law that guarantees equal opportunities for women and girls in education, protects or bars the participation of transgender females in women’s sports, said Elizabeth Sharrow, an associate professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts.

As we tackle school segregation, don’t forget about English Learner students

Diana Quintero and Michael Hansen, Brown Center Chalkboard – Brookings |

The Department of Education under the incoming Biden administration is expected to quickly turn the page on former Secretary Betsy DeVos’s priorities. This expected pivot entails a restoration of Obama-era priorities promoted by former Secretary John King for further racial and economic integration in public schools, among both students and staff.

Typically, research on racial segregation explores the extent to which Black and/or Hispanic students attend racially or economically segregated schools, but the extent of segregation among other student subgroups is less well known. Yet, we see this policy pivot as an opportunity to start considering other ways in which our schools may be segregated.

Specifically, little attention has been paid to the allocation of English Learners (EL), the fastest-growing group in the U.S. student body, who make up 10% of all students and about 20% of nonwhite students. 

In this piece, we explore the economic segregation of EL students nationwide and its relationship with EL students’ academic outcomes.

Diana Quintero is a Senior Research Analyst and Michael Hansen is The Herman and George R. Brown Chair and Director – Brown Center on Education Policy – The Brookings Institution

Boris Johnson says girls’ education key to ending poverty

Sean Coughlan, BBC News |

The prime minister said the international target of ensuring all girls can have 12 years of good quality education would be the “simplest and most transformative thing we can do” to tackle poverty and to “end the scourge of gender-based violence”.

He once described it as the “Swiss army knife” of development, as getting girls to stay in education could avoid early marriage, improve their chances of getting a job and provide more income for children to be better fed.

The prime minister has announced MP Helen Grant as a special envoy for efforts to support girls’ education. It is expected to be a key theme of the UK’s presidency this year of the G7 group of major industrial countries.

Remember the fundamentals as we build back better in girls’ education

Stephanie Psaki and Karen Austrian, Brookings |

The world has changed dramatically over the last 10 months. In the midst of such broad changes, we might be tempted to throw away our old ways of doing things and figure out a new approach to meeting the needs of women and girls around the world.

But with regard to gender equality in education, many of the fundamentals have stayed the same, and our challenge is to figure out how to update our work to this new reality, while not forgetting the commitments and goals—and other challenges—that preceded COVID-19.

This spring, the Population Council’s GIRL Center launched the Evidence for Gender and Education Resource (EGER), a searchable, easy-to-use, interactive database to drive better education results for girls, boys, and communities around the world. It includes information on current practice (who is doing what, where?), current evidence (what has worked in some settings?) and current needs (where do challenges remain?) in global girls’ education.

Based on insights from EGER, we will be launching a 2021 Roadmap for Girls’ Education in the coming months.

Stephanie Psaki is Director, GIRL Center – Population Council, U.S. and Karen Austrian is Senior Associate, Poverty, Gender and Youth Program – Population Council, Kenya.

State Board of Education Challenged on Performance Expectations

Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1 |

The Ohio State Board of Education is facing new criticism for what the Campaign for African American Achievement and the Ohio NAACP said is a failure to treat Black and white students equally when it comes to academic expectations. 

Ohio State Board of Education is accused of lowering academic expectations in reading and English Language Arts for Black students and raising them for white students in their 10-year Every Student Succeeds plan. 

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said what’s listed in the department’s 10-year plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act are not “expectations,” but “proficiency” benchmarks. Some believe the benchmarks violate the Brown v. Board of Education when it comes to equality.

Nearly a Year Into Remote Learning ‘Digital Divide’ Persists as Key Educational Threat, as Census Data Show 1 in 3 Households Still Struggling With Limited Tech Access

Brendan Lowe, The 74 |

According to a report released last month by UCLA, nearly one in three American households had limited computer or internet access this fall, more than half a year after the pandemic erupted. The report, which is based on a weekly survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, sheds new light on an old problem.

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Xavier University Announces First Woman President

Ann Thompson, WVXU |

Xavier University has named its first female president in its 190-year history. Colleen Hanycz is also the first lay person to hold the job.

She begins July 1 and succeeds Father Michael Graham, who announced his retirement last March. Previously, Hanycz (pronounced Han-ich) was the president of La Salle University in Philadelphia, a Lasallian, Catholic university; as well as president of Brescia University in Canada, a Catholic women’s university in the Ursuline tradition, according to a release.

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