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From an education perspective, 2014's State of the Union address was just more of the same.

When it comes to early childhood education, President Obama said, "As Congress decides what it's going to do, I'm going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need." In regards to keeping young men of color on track he said, "I'm reaching out to some of America's leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential."

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The Only Black Kid in Class? Here's Why it Happens

"I don't even see you as black." That's number 10 on Buzzfeed's incredible list of "27 Things You Had to Deal With as the Only Black Kid in Your...


"I don't even see you as black." That's number 10 on Buzzfeed's incredible list of "27 Things You Had to Deal With as the Only Black Kid in Your Class," a list that's struck such a nerve across social media that Boston Globe political reporter Wesley Lowery tweeted about the reaction, "Buzzfeed has just won black Twitter."

Indeed, prominent political analyst and writer Zerlina Maxwell retweeted the list, adding the note, "THIS IS MY LIFE." And all across social media, black folks are commenting, "my biography," "story of my life," and "legit, my whole K-12 experience."

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Is School Segregation Still Legal? Chicago Teens Reflect on Their Racial Isolation

40 percent of Latino and 70 percent of black students in Chicago area attend extremely segregated schools.


Legal school segregation ended back in 1954 with the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, but for most students across the nation, racial isolation is still the norm. Nationally, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 52 percent of black students and 58 percent of Latino students attend schools where 75 percent or more of students are minorities. In Chicago, the most segregated city in the nation, the schools reflect the stark racial division.

Indeed, 40 percent of Latino and 70 percent of black students in Chicago attend extremely segregated schools and the level of segregation is actually on the rise. WBEZ's Race: Out Loud series talked to graduates of the class of 2012 about what it's like to attend highly segregated schools. Their observations are a sad reflection on how much work there still is to do when it comes to desegregating schools and integrating our society.

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A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School

13-year-old Jada Williams' essay compared Douglass' story about being kept from reading with her experience in a struggling school.

In a bold comparative analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today's education system is a modern-day version of slavery. According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York, the schools' teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams' essay that they began a campaign of harassmentkicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school.

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