Posts from June 2015

Posted June 30, 2015
nycschoolparents

These NYC Parents Say ‘Enough is Enough’

For years, P.S. 289 George V. Brower School, a New York City public school, has been failing the children of Crown Heights. Thankfully many of…

By Tenicka Boyd

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Posted June 30, 2015
pride

An LGBT Educator Who’s Not Too Proud to Keep Fighting

We have turned the tide. We have made progress in this country. Well, at least on one front. Gay marriage has been legalized, yet this…

By Dinah Consuegra

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Posted June 30, 2015
children

This New Orleans Museum Shows the Horrors of Slavery Through the Eyes of Children

Thirty-nine miles from New Orleans, there is a remarkable place known as Whitney Plantation. Of the thousands of tourists and conventioneers who spend time in New…

By Lisa Macfarlane

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Posted June 30, 2015
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Note to U.S. Congress on ESEA Rewrite: Take a Tip From the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

After I read the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on Friday, I couldn’t stop thinking about the pending reauthorization of ESEA, newly christened the Every…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 30, 2015
racismistaught

Creating Teachable Moments Around Racism

We refuse to acknowledge that racism and classism are woven throughout every institution within our country, even within policies that govern our public schools. I…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted June 29, 2015
whydontyoucare

‘Treated with a Lack of Dignity’: What Message Are We Sending Students?

Videos showing the abuse and mistreatment of young people of color by law enforcement are becoming far more commonplace than they should. Watching the cell…

By Erika Beltran

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Posted June 29, 2015
alternativegrad

A Graduation That Taught Me to See My Students’ Resilience

My favorite event of the school year is graduation. But it’s not the graduation you are picturing. I love the graduation ceremony of our local…

By Chase Mielke

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Posted June 26, 2015
reading

Taking a Pulse on Common Core

Amidst the low buzz of student discussion, five sixth graders in the back of a classroom tried to figure out how Anita, the protagonist in…

By Jessica Box

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Posted June 26, 2015
nola

Katrina+10: Acknowledging Success and the Work Ahead

This week, thousands of school leaders, teachers, advocates and policy-makers gathered in New Orleans for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ annual conference. While…

By Eva Kemp-Melder

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Posted June 26, 2015
Leaders encourage Yongsan readers

A Matter of National Security: Improving K-12 Education for Military Families

The U.S. Army is deeply concerned about K-12 education standards. If U.S. soldiers are left with no other option than to place their children in…

By Jim Cowen

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realchoice

When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
girlatlunch

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
parentinvolvement

You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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