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Our society understood schools as a neutral space, independent of our homes and our workplaces. It took the COVID-19 pandemic to shift the mainstream perception of schooling to something indelibly connected to our communities and lives.

As we grapple with the virus, we hear educators, parents and community leaders weigh in on the million-dollar question: how do we make education the best it can be in a world where learning is more connected to the environment around us than ever before? The voices of students, those directly experiencing this rapidly changing education system, are often represented by proxy.

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Roughly one year ago today, students across California transitioned to distance learning in an effort to continue education during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the pandemic raged on and “two weeks to slow the spread” turned into months without a light at the end of the tunnel, many began to struggle with the extensive screen time and the influx of assignments that came with online school.

But what happened to the students who never logged on?

According to the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, roughly 20% of California students lacked an adequate computing device or high-speed Internet connection to participate in…

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When I search for “high school students” on Google Images, joyful-looking teenagers with some sense of shared camaraderie appear. They’re engaging in cliche school activities: holding sports balls on their way to practice, laughing while doing homework in the hallways and participating in group discussions around a library table.

While scrolling, I took to group chats I have with various classes and clubs at school. I asked my peers — in what should be noted to be a quite informal research manner — to tell me the first word or short phrase that comes to mind when they think of…

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It was Monday morning when I logged into Google Meet for a math class and my WiFi suddenly crashed. In my panic to reload the page, I got an alert on my phone saying that my teacher assigned an activity to be completed by the end of the period. I was now frantic about being marked absent or tardy in the class and also anxious about the additional pressure of submitting an assignment during the allotted time. This stressful situation is one I have encountered more times than I could count and one that many of my peers face daily.

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To many marginalized students across the globe, attending college in California sounds like a dream come true. In California, it’s presumed that students study under sunny palm trees in a progressive, utopian paradise, where the sun is always shining and ignorance is no more.

When I got accepted to Stanford University a few months ago, I talked to other prospective students from across the nation about why they applied to the school. …

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Currently, there are two Republican-proposed bills in the Montana state government that would restrict and violate the rights of transgender citizens. The first bill, House Bill 112, would require schools to determine the biological sex of a student before that student could play a sport. House Bill 113 would prohibit doctors from giving gender transformation treatments to minors.

Montana House Bill 112 creates an act known as the Save Women’s Sports Act. This act would require students to play sports according to their Sex Assigned At Birth (SAAB). Originally, the bill blocked both male and female transgender students, but it…

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As the weather gets deceivingly warmer, New York State lawmakers and leaders spend every February and March drafting and refining the state budget. This budget season, activists in Syracuse, New York are calling on the state government to equitably fund schools in this year’s FY22 Executive Budget.

Some of these activists are students working with their peers across the state. The DemocracyReady NY Youth Leadership Initiative is leading a campaign called Fund(ED) New York State. The student-led campaign is demanding that $4 billion be allocated to local schools across the state. They are calling on Governor Cuomo to fulfill this…

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On Tuesday, November 10th, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School’s senior class participated in a town hall, which was centered on the 2020 presidential election. Attending alongside the students were counselors, teachers and members of the administration, acting as mediators for the event.

Throughout the town hall, the faculty sifted through a series of slides with various prompts to guide the conversation.

Before beginning the discussion, a set of norms were presented. Students were instructed to place an asterisk in the chat in order to indicate that they wished to speak, as well as to frame their statements in reference…

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Grace and Mercy. This sentiment can be heard in almost every zoom call occurring within Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (PLD) as teachers, students, parents and administration try to navigate the logistics of learning during a pandemic. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, home to the University of Kentucky, PLD finds itself in a precarious position of managing pressures from all stakeholders regarding returning to in-person school. All this whilst operating in a city that switches from red to yellow in COVID-19 safety.

On October 12, 2020, the PLD School Board Decision Making Council (SBDM) met up with the intention of finalizing…

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After a group of unidentified staff members in the Pelham Middle and High School wore political attire related to Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter to work, the New York Pelham Board of Education decided that a reinforcement of policy had to be made.

On Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30 pm, the Pelham Board of Education held their bi-monthly meeting to discuss the employment history of a particular person(s), but it was not opened to the public for viewing until 7:30.

The public meeting began with the Board’s Vice President Sue Childs passing the mic to the board’s president…

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