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Posted Feb. 9, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: What Do Black Panthers Have to Do With a Charter School Principal? Let Me Tell You

Education was fundamental to the Black Panther Party, and it remains true for social justice activists today.…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 25, 2017

Black Families Have a Long History of Using School Choice as Resistance to Racist and Inadequate School Systems

National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort spotlighting effective education options for children, including traditional public schools,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 12, 2017

Trump Might Want to Scrap the Office of Civil Rights, But the Work Continues

In a community not too far from my home of Philadelphia, yet light years away in the tony suburb of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Schools Waste Too Much Time Trying to Find Good Teachers, and Colleges Can Fix That

“After 30 years of doing such work, I have concluded that classroom teaching…is perhaps the most complex, most challenging, and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016

To Know the Black Community Is to Know How Thirsty We Are for Better Schools

I often wonder what it will take for Black children in our communities to attend high-performing schools. According to many…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Nov. 14, 2016

Here’s What I Told My Black Students to Remember Now That Trump Is President

The morning after the election, Philadelphia was fresh off a six-day public transit strike. Now our students, who had demonstrated…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

Before You Get Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline, Hear Me Out

I’m concerned about the growing backlash against what are referred to as “no excuses” schools. Too often, critics depict overly-rigid…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Oct. 13, 2016

The NAACP Was Founded by White People and It Still Isn’t Looking Out for Black Families

Some organizations are committed to a cause. Everyone knows exactly what they stand for. Look at Greenpeace—everybody knows that they’re…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

How Badly Do We Really Want Black, Brown and Poor Kids to Be Successful?

“I am not accountable for the violence, drugs, pregnancy…in my school.” I wasn’t surprised by this final retort. It was…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted July 29, 2016

I’m Inspired by So Many Students But the Kid Who Tried to Kill Me Inspires Me Most

I was recently asked which of my former students most inspired me. I have literally thousands to draw from for…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 19, 2018

I Didn’t Want to Go to KIPP But Now I’m in College and I Totally Get It

It’s 5:45 a.m. on a Monday in mid-August. The year is 2006 and my mom is rapping on my bedroom door. “Julien! Time to get…

By Julien Broomfield

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Posted June 19, 2018

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Wait Until Summer to Get Professional Development

The end of the school year is always my favorite time. With standardized assessments finished, it’s my time to finally breathe, slow down to reflect…

By Brian Lane Stanley

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Posted June 18, 2018

School Shootings Aren’t the Only Things School Police Officers Need to Train For

In light of recent school shootings, one of the proposed solutions has been to put more school police officers in schools. In the last 30…

By Zachary Wright 

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