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  • This Week in Alts: The history of 'school choice' in Mississippi, 'Dreidel Rap '89,' and more

    This Week in Alts: The history of 'school choice' in Mississippi, 'Dreidel Rap '89,' and more
    Jackson Free Press, "Then and Now: When ‘School Choice’ Creates a Divide" The Jackson, Mississippi alt-weekly takes an in-depth, historically informed look at the idea of "school choice"—charter schools, voucher-like programs for children who attend private schools, etc.—currently being pushed in Mississippi. Writer Anna Wolfe looks at the history of public education all the way back to the 1930s, and explains how the idea of school choice has a particularly racially charged history in Mississippi: "During legal segregation years, it was a ploy called 'freedom-of-choice' that Mississippi began to implement after Brown [v. Board of Education] specifically to avoid desegregating public schools. After the 1954 Brown decision, the state of Mississippi first ignored the federal mandate to integrate. But when the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed, Mississippi was at risk of losing its federal funding for public schools if it did not desegregate public schools. In 1965, the state agreed to follow the act, but tried to avoid desegregation in other ways—especially with its 'freedom of choice' strategy." That legacy makes many education advocates extremely wary of "school choice," even though school-choice supporters say their programs will help the most disadvantaged populations in Mississippi schools.
  • Weekly Calendar

    CLUBS/CONCERTS Wednesday 10  Bertha’s. Whale Show. The Birchmere. Aaron Neville Quintet. Cat’s Eye Pub. Muleman Band. Creme Restaurant and Lounge. Live jazz. The 8x10. Alan Evan’s Playonbrother, Elephant Wrecking Ball. The...

    Mr. Wrong: Thanksgivingfullness will never have a finale

    Mr. Wrong: Thanksgivingfullness will never have a finale
    Hey turkeys, next week is my absolute fave-rave Holiday of the entire Calendar, to wit: Thanksgiving, and I say this as an Evolved human being who has (I think) a Complete Understanding of how the Ultimate Lesson of the First Thanksgiving is about the...

    Stop playing fast and loose with Bmore club history

    Stop playing fast and loose with Bmore club history
    This playing fast and loose with Baltimore club history must stop. The innovators, all of them working-class, most of them black, all from Baltimore, haven't really gotten their due or really received proper acknowledgement for their contributions to a...

    Fieldtripping: Staring at the Sun

    The only thing I love more than a good coupon is a membership card. I remember gazing longingly at the ads in my Archie Double Digest as a kid, the ones that promised a four-color button along with a shiny new membership card. I mean, who doesn’t...