About Yoshana Jones

Yoshana B. Jones, Esq. is an educator and Professional Learning Facilitator with Fulton County Schools. She leads the professional development of educators lead PLCs at Westlake High School. For the 2013-2014 school year, Coordinate Algebra students experienced at 11% gain on the state standardized test. Ms. Jones is committed to educational equity for all students. She is the Chair of the new PLC Development team, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for teachers to learn and grow as professionals. In addition to her work with students, Ms. Jones is the Owner of Good Samaritan Apparel, LLC. Good Samaritan Apparel is a Christian t-shirt company that hopes to spread love, joy, and the Word. Ms. Jones writes inspirational blog posts that encourages Christian believers to remain full of faith.

Michigan Student Prevails in First Amendment Claim against Teacher

courtesy cooljustice Johnson "Jay" McDowell, a Michigan high school economics teacher, was found in violation of a former student's First Amendment right to free speech.  The former student, Daniel Glowacki, expressed views that homosexuality was against his religion. The facts of the case arise out of a student group's attempt at bringing awareness [...]

By | July 17th, 2013|Legal|0 Comments

Michigan High School Bans Athletic Prayer

courtesy thesocietypages.com Lahser High School, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, banned its football team from student-led prayer while on the field.  The ban was instituted as a result of a letter sent by the American Civil Liberties Union (the "ACLU") on behalf of a local family.  The ACLU argued that the practice was a violation [...]

Surviving Teach for America: What I Learned from the Corps

courtesy TeachForAmerica As I just finished my two-year commitment with Teach for America, I cannot help but think back on this journey I have just completed.  Never in a million years did I think I would be in front of a classroom teaching children.  Never in a billion years did I think teaching would [...]

By | July 2nd, 2013|Featured, From the Front Lines|4 Comments

Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action Case

courtesty SCOTUS On Monday, June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas, the higher education affirmative action case.  I previously wrote about affirmative action and the backstory of the Fisher case in another TER article.  The case was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white applicant [...]

By | June 26th, 2013|Featured, Legal|0 Comments

The First Amendment and Student Dress Codes

The implementation of student dress codes has increased over the past decade.  The essence of the dress codes vary in reach.  Some codes mandate specific uniforms, such as khaki or navy pants with a specific color polo or oxford shirt.  Other codes ban specific items, such as flip-flops, midriffs, clothing with particular symbols, or clothing [...]

By | April 15th, 2013|10 Ways to Fix Education, Featured, Legal|6 Comments