COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

Op-Ed (Virginia)

COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

March 19, 2020 | Angela Ciolfi | Virginia Mercury
Poverty is not caused by poor people; it’s caused by system failure, discrimination and intentional exploitation. And our response to COVID-19 proves that it does not have to be this way. Together, we can create systems built to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color do not repeatedly bear the brunt of acts of nature like the coronavirus, or the human-made acts of inequitable laws and policies. We can make systems that work for low-income communities and communities of color all the time, not just during a crisis.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Debt Collection | Education | Employment | Housing: Eviction | Immigration

U.S. to Investigate Discrimination Against Native Students on Montana Reservation

News Story (Montana)

U.S. to Investigate Discrimination Against Native Students on Montana Reservation

January 4, 2019 | Annie Waldman , Erica L. Green | New York Times (NYT) , ProPublica
In a Dec. 28 letter, sent hours after The New York Times and ProPublica published an investigation into racial inequities in the district, the department’s Office for Civil Rights notified the lawyer representing the tribal executive board.
Tags: Education

Mount Vernon schools to overhaul special ed department per court agreement

News Story (New York)

Mount Vernon schools to overhaul special ed department per court agreement

June 13, 2018 | Colleen Wilson | Journal News (NY)
The city school district has agreed to hire a monitor and make sweeping changes to its special education department, according to a settlement that has ended a five-year legal battle started by several families of children with special needs.
Tags: Disability Rights | Education

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Media, Research/Policy/Organizing (California)

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Multi-media education platform for the state, which with over 6 million students is the largest and most diverse public education system in the nation. Source of education information, research, and analysis
Tags: Education