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Posted Dec. 11, 2015
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Black Children Won’t Succeed With Less Accountability in Public Education

America’s first black president has signed the Every Child Succeeds Act legislation that many see as a partial retreat on…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015
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Misunderstanding Rosa Parks and the Meaning of Integration

Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks got on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and made history by sitting where…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015
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In the Case of Dropout Nation vs. Moskowitz, I Side With the Parents

I didn’t know much about Success Academy until seeing the movie “The Lottery.” Out of the several school reform movies I love, this…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 16, 2015
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Can We Finally Drop the Idea That Black Parents Don’t Care About Education?

One of the most weathered claims about black parents is that we are not as involved as we need to be for…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015
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President Obama Touts Progress in New Orleans

As I walked through New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, I saw residents standing on street corners stretching several blocks, anticipating…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 18, 2015
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Balancing Results and Relationships in NOLA Charter Schools

This summer, Chris Stewart spent a month in his hometown of New Orleans, where he spoke to the city’s parents,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015
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Here’s My Hope for the Next Black Teachers of New Orleans

Spend five minutes asking people in New Orleans about the public schools and someone will reference the firing of 7,000 veteran…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 13, 2015
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Rethinking Education in New Orleans: A Principal Charters a New Course

This summer, Chris Stewart spent a month in his hometown of New Orleans, where he spoke to the city’s parents,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 13, 2015
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Here’s How Things Get Done in New Orleans

By all accounts last year’s school enrollment season was hell for many parents in New Orleans. The shortcomings were celebrated by…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted June 8, 2015
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The Civil Wrongs Movement: How These Progressives Are Holding Us Back

I applauded national civil rights organizations for urging Washington leaders to defend annual student assessments as they overhauled the No Child…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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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
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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
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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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