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Posted Dec. 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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