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Charter School Bathroom Policies are So Strict That Students are Bleeding Through Their Pants

This week in rage.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago has come under fire recently for their excessively strict and dehumanizing disciplinary tactics. NPR reports that the charter schools feature bathroom rules so strict that many students are left bleeding through their pants because they aren't allowed a hall pass. “We have [bathroom] escorts, and they rarely come so we end up walking out [of class] and that gets us in trouble,” an anonymous student texted to an NPR reporter.

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Betsy Devos Gets 80,000 F’s From Teachers Around the United States

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, shared their thoughts with education secretary Betsy Devos in the most appropriate way: report cards.

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Things We Saw Today: Things Are Not Looking Good for That Winchester Movie We Were so Excited About

We've been anxiously awaiting the release of Helen Mirren's Winchester Mystery House supernatural thriller, which opened today. So we're devastated by the reviews of the movie which are overwhelmingly not great. In fact, they're terrible.

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15 Reasons America Might Be the Real “Shithole Country”

In case Donald Trump really is curious why so many immigrants aren't interested in coming to the United States, I've got a brief list of reasons why.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Honors Teachers By Having a Chat With His High School Theater Adviser

Wherever you see a talented artist, know that there are talented teachers behind them who made them what they are. Hamilton creator and current Disney songsmith extraordinaire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, totally acknowledges this by having a touching sit-down with his high school theater adviser.

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Voucher Schools Can Teach Whatever They Want & Taxpayers Will Pay the Bill

One of the big agenda issues pushed by Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration about Education is allowing parents more "choice" in where they send their children to school. While that on the surface sounds like a reasonable desire, what it is really about is allowing tax-payer money to pay for religious private schools that have the freedom to teach whatever they want. Huffington Post did an investigative piece on this issue and what it managed to find was upsetting.

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Some Suggestions for Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are.

Today is Giving Tuesday, the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Sunday and Monday where we forget about being capitalist consumers for five minutes and remember that there are amazing causes that need our help. Here at TMS, there are many issues about which we're passionate, and we love supporting the organizations entirely devoted to helping those causes and communities.

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littleBits Competition Brings Boys and Girls to STEAM Through the Power of Star Wars—Do You Wanna Built a Droid?!

littleBits and Lucasfilm have teamed up to host a competition that will help empower children to get invested in STEAM programs. “Star Wars has always expanded kids’ imaginations and inspired them to see what is possible,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re excited to collaborate with all of these incredible companies and littleBits to showcase the power of STEAM in action and inspire the next generation of inventors.”

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Interview: Saara Chaudry Calls The Breadwinner a Hopeful Story About the Power of Girls’ Education

Since first reading Deborah Ellis' book, Saara Chaudry has admired and related to The Breadwinner's Parvana. "It’s a story of millions of girls and women all over the world who do not have equality and are denied an education," she says.

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New Mexico Tried to Water Down Its Science Standards, but Parents and Teachers Fought Back

When the New Mexico Public Education Department edited the age of the Earth out of their science standards and replaced the rise in global temperatures with a "fluctuation," the people of New Mexico stood up for science.

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Betsy DeVos Just Rescinded 70+ Guidelines That Protect the Rights of Students with Disabilities

Betsy DeVos continued her assault on the rights of American students this month, rescinding 72 guidance documents which explained the rights of students with disabilities.

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Interview: PBS Digital’s Danielle Bainbridge Is Here to Teach You The Origin of Everything

If you're the kind of person who want to learn more about, well, everything, PBS Digital Studios has an amazing offering. The Origin of Everything is a digital series that's exactly what's advertised on the tin. Each short episode (they're each about 10 minutes) delves deeply into one random topic that is of interest to the show's host, the effervescent Danielle Bainbridge.

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Netflix’s Teach Us All Shows Educational Inequality Didn’t End With Brown Vs. Board of Ed

In addition to creating searing documentaries about injustice, like her Emmy-winning 13th, Ava DuVernay also distributes worthwhile films from other talented filmmakers through her distribution company, ARRAY. The latest is a documentary called Teach Us All, which takes on the systemic inequality in education.

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Malala Yousafzai Continues to Be Taliban’s Worst Nightmare By Continuing Education at Oxford

You remember Malala Yousafzai, right? The young Pakistani woman who, when she was 14 years old was shot by a Taliban gunman because she dared be a girl who wanted an education? Well, one high school diploma, a documentary, a Nobel Prize, and an eponymous foundation later, Yousafzai is continuing her education at one of the most prestigious universities in the world!

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Malala Yousafzai Reflects on Her Graduation and Fight for Girls’ Education in First Tweets

"Today is my last day of school and my first day on Twitter. Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me. I'm excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education."

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Georgetown Law Center Study Illuminates the Disturbing “Adultification” of Black Girls by Adults with Authority

We've long known that black boys are seen as older than they are by those in authority, whereas white boys manage to be seen as "boys" well into their twenties (and even thirties), and that this particular manifestation of racial bias affects how black boys are punished for behavior and infractions that would, in white boys, be tolerated or excused because they're "just kids." A new study out of Georgetown shows that the same "adultification" is true for black girls.

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The U.S. Department of Education is Cutting Back Its Civil Rights Investigations

The Department of Education is scaling back its civil rights investigations, removing Obama-era guidelines that looked for systemic issues of discrimination. This is bad news for America's students, but the Commission on Civil Rights is on the case.

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Betsy DeVos Confirms That She Will Literally Never Stand up Against Discrimination

"I am shocked that you cannot come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students," said Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA), when Betsy DeVos could not imagine a single situation where she would deny federal dollars to a discriminating school.

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Feminist Alert: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Is Sending Women to College Through Formation Scholars Program

Ethereal queen of feminist pop music Beyoncé Giselle Knowles is caping for her fellow women with a scholarship program that would send four bright young minds to college.

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Betsy DeVos Is Rewriting History Now to Ignore School Segregation

Another day, another laughably (if it weren't so upsetting, that is) ignorant statement from Betsy DeVos.

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