Jose Lara

Teacher and School Board Member, El Rancho Unified School District

Los Angeles, California

Jose Lara is a social studies teacher in South Central Los Angeles and also serves on the School Board in El Rancho Unified School District located in Pico Rivera, California. He is the recipient of the inaugural Social Justice Activist Award by the National Education Association, the largest organization of educators in the country. Lara writes and advocates for social justice education with a focus on ethnic studies, undocumented students and LGBT issues in schools. He can be found on Twitter at @josedelbarrio

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

There Are Small Things We Can Do Every Day to Make Our LGBT Students Feel Safe

The same four students hang out together in front of my classroom most mornings. One set is female and the…

By Jose Lara

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after his…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of affluent homeowners filed their taxes…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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