How Philanthropists Can Support Transformative and Equitable Change in Education

In the United States, philanthropy plays a large role in shaping education, with investments meant to impact and make a change for future generations.

The racial divide, when it comes to education opportunities for students in the United States, has existed historically, and is now more amplified as a result of COVID-19. A recent study by EdBuild suggests that about 20 percent of students are enrolled in districts that are both poor and nonwhite, and stats show that just 5 percent of students live in white districts that are equally financially challenged.

The racial and economic disparities in schools provide a crisis at hand for future generations who will bear the brunt of the inequities as adults. Which is why it’s crucial now more than ever for philanthropists and investors to be part of the solution that could help remove those barriers and create more equitable school structures.

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Top teacher hopes more equitable system follows pandemic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A self-described “shy Korean boy,” John Arthur credits his junior high and high school teachers for helping him find his voice.

“If it wasn’t for them, one, I might not have made it through high school, but two, I certainly wouldn’t be a teacher and I wouldn’t have the guts to say anything that’s on my mind or my heart,” said Arthur, addressing the Utah State Board of Education Thursday, moments after being name Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Now in his eighth year of teaching, Arthur teaches sixth grade at Meadowlark Elementary School, a Title I school in the Salt Lake City School District. It is there that he pays it forward, helping his students learn to advocate for children and immigrants through music videos that they produce together and share on their YouTube channel, 9thEvermore. Arthur’s students have received national recognition for

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The truth about equitable education in New Hampshire

Published: 9/19/2020 6:00:03 AM

Candidates for state representative receive questionnaires from numerous organizations. They often contain “loaded” questions, but the most incendiary was not from an advocacy group but from the League of Women Voters: “What should state government do to ensure an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?”

The N.H. Constitution as interpreted by the N.H. Supreme Court requires that all students receive an “adequate” education not an “equitable” one. Under the standard of Brown v. Board of Education, equitable schools would require uniform teacher salaries statewide, a state-imposed curriculum, building aid targeted to the most obsolete facilities, etc. The Legislature is not even funding a truly “adequate” education; there is no way right now that they will find the money for “equitable.”

More significantly, even people and groups that take pride in their sense of social justice may not want equitable education.

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What Can We Learn From Louisville About Equitable Economic Recovery?

Late in 2019, I spent two days in strategic conversations between civic, workforce and industry leaders in Denver. We talked about the growing demands of various industry sectors across the city — and the education and training solutions available to learners in all stages of their careers. Denver is not unlike most major cities — where the demands of the labor market are mismatched with the talent available. Economic development, corporate and civic leaders here are looking for solutions that embody partnership, collaboration and innovation. As we grapple with the  ramifications of not just skill and equity gaps, but seemingly endemic unemployment, the need for creative, strategic workforce solutions is paramount.

As Maria Flynn, President and CEO of Jobs for the Future, and former Massachusetts governor Jane Swift recently put it, “Throughout the fall and into the end of 2020, businesses — small, medium and large and in a diverse

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SimpleCloud Launches Virtual Desktop Platform for Higher Education to Maintain Class Continuity and Equitable Access to Technology

LOS ANGELES and MADRID, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SimpleCloud, the cloud-based remote workplace, today announced its education platform that allows classroom instruction to go remote in a matter of hours and maintain instruction continuity in applications like Autodesk, Adobe, Unity and Unreal Engine just to name a few. A short video explaining the key capabilities of SimpleCloud for Education can be viewed here

Reducing the technology barrier for students entering universities and colleges this year, SimpleCloud can help retain students for the semester and lower costs without compromising access to technology. Classes that require specific software suites or team collaboration in sectors such as design, animation, architecture, game development and engineering, can work with professors in virtual classrooms and labs, lowering health risks. 

The usage of virtual desk solutions, with unlimited graphic capacity in the cloud, allows users to connect to powerful virtual desktops from anywhere.

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