Black History and the School-to-Prison Pipeline at Howard University Middle School?

MS2 Student DemandsWere disputes about how to teach Black History behind firing of three Social Studies teachers and one additional resignation at a charter school with a deep connection to a HBCU [historically black college/university]? How is it that students at this school, designed particularly to help more students reach college-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) studies, feel they are headed instead into the school-to-prison pipeline?

Join Education Town Hall on Thursday, 2/5, at 11:30 a.m., for the latest on this controversy at Howard University Middle School for Mathematics and Science — known as “(MS)2 [MS-squared]” — and a discussion of underlying issues. Listen live via TuneIn or check back shortly after air-time for listening at your convenience.

NAACP-DC photo: Akosua Ali, president

NAACP-DC photo: Akosua Ali, president

Guests include Akosua Ali, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, which gives particular focus to supporting STEM education for minority students and is investigating treatment of teachers and of students in this case.

UPDATE: Shannon Settle, another MS2 Parents in Action member, filled in for Ms. Bilal.
Also invited is Adilah Bilal, president of the MS2 Parents In Action group as well as other members of the MS2 school community.

(more on this story below)

Leading off the February 5 edition: Eugene Kinlow, candidate for DC Council’s Ward 8 seat, (bio here), beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays at 11 Eastern on We Act Radio.
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Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

The Education Town Hall BUS is a monthly program organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March. The program regularly airs on the 4th Thursday of each month.

More on Howard University Middle School and #MS2protest

Al Jazeera: Middle School Students Protest

Washington Post: NAACP Investigates

WAMU Lots of Confusion

WJLA (ABC): Students Walk Out

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Categories: archive, Charter Schools, DC-Area Education, defining quality education, school to prison pipeline, STEM (Science Tech Engineering and Math), student activism

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