New York City Will Now Offer Free Lunch to All Its Public School Students 

On Wednesday, New York City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that every single one of the city’s 1.1 million public school students will now be offered free lunch, beginning on Thursday, the first day of the school year. As far as back-to-school news goes—hell, as far as any news goes these days—this is…

Washington, D.C. Public Schools Will Open a School for Boys of Color, But Not One for Girls

In August, the Washington D.C. Public School System opened Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, a 100-student all-boys school, specifically aimed to help black and Latino students with academic achievement as part of a tax-funded “Empowering Males of Color” initiative. The school system will reportedly not be…

'Underpaid, Underappreciated': Teachers Whose Schools Shut Down For the Women's Strike Respond to Criticism

As part of the women’s strike on Wednesday, public schools in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina and in Alexandria, Virginia opted to shut down for the day. School officials made the call after hundreds of faculty members requested leaves for what was otherwise known as “A Day Without a Woman.” The strike urged…