Monday, January 21

Regents exams tomorrow, but today is Martin Luther King Day

With so much to worry about on a daily basis — gifted and talented screening, middle school admissions, the barrage of standardized testing — it can be easy to lose sight of the larger reality that schools can help move society toward racial and economic equality — and that they also can hold society back. To honor Martin Luther King Day today, the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice is holding a rally to call for improvements to middle-grades education, when black and Latino students fall behind most. Other groups and institutions are holding Martin Luther King Day events around the city as well. Tomorrow it's back to school and work for all of us, but today we ought to step back and think about the big picture.

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