Posts from July 2015

Posted July 31, 2015
solomonspeaking

Three Things That Guided This Oakland Student to Success

I’m a college-educated black man who grew up on public assistance in a single parent household. Most of my friends are dead, in jail or…

By Solomon Wilkins

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Posted July 30, 2015
OaklandFirstFridayprotest

The Danger of Escalation, From Traffic Stops to Classrooms

The death of Sandra Bland and the school-to-prison pipeline have more in common than the race of their victims. Both are also quintessential examples of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 30, 2015
blackactivists

To Be a Black Parent Is to Be Constantly Aware

Last weekend, in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of meeting with black educators and activists from across the country at what I called a…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted July 30, 2015
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My ‘Odyssey’ to Becoming a Teacher Mentor: A Latino Teacher’s Account

Not too long ago I was rummaging through old books, notes and scraps of paper accumulated over time in my dusty and overlooked study. As…

By Jose Garza

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Posted July 29, 2015
suburbankids

Suburbia Needs Education Reform Too

Are we being overly optimistic when it comes to how well our middle-class students are being prepared for college? Take, for instance, my home state…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 29, 2015
chicagofunrun

What Healthy Competition Among Schools Really Takes

There’s a fight brewing in my backyard. War has broken out over whether a highly regarded yet controversial charter network should open a new campus on…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 28, 2015
kidbehinddoor

Opt-Out Closes the Door on Kids With Disabilities

Great read in The Atlantic about the alignment of disability advocates and civil rights leaders on the necessity of maintaining federal oversight, annual testing and accountability in a…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 28, 2015
Englewood

Poverty Matters, But It’s Not Destiny

A short piece on Slate last week told a familiar grim story. According to new data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, over three million…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted July 28, 2015
LilyFatherGreg

My Immigrant Father’s Dream: A College Education

At the age of five I had my very own encyclopedia. I couldn’t pronounce the word much less know what it was. I stared at…

By Lily Gonzalez

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Posted July 27, 2015
losangeles

Hey, Diane Ravitch, I’m a Public School Parent and I Support Charters

After reading Diane Ravitch’s opinion piece on the state of public education in Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but be disheartened. Here we are trying to find…

By Ingrid Oliu

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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
runalftd

A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
parentsucceed

I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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