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Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my awe-inspiring experience at the NewSchools…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

9 Things Every Educator Should Know When Teaching Black Students

Most of my educational experiences as a child were in an all-Black spaces and all of my experiences as an educator have been in schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017

I’m Singing a Redemption Song for #MyBlackHistory ’Cause Songs of Freedom Are All I Ever Had

My job now is to live life fully and to ensure my kids are powerfully educated to do the same. There is no better emancipation of mental slavery.…

By Kerry-Ann Royes

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 10, 2017

My First Teacher Is #MyBlackHistory Hero: My Moms

I come from a family of slaves who fought and grew to become a family of professionals, entrepreneurs and hard workers.…

By Brian Love

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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, public charter schools, magnet schools,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016

6 Times Teachers Got Real and Told Us What We Needed to Hear in 2016

As a teacher, I understand the power behind using our voices but I also know that speaking up as a teacher can be very difficult.…

By Zack Barnes

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

We Need to Start Telling the Truth About White Supremacy in Our Schools

“If we would start telling the truth in schools, we would not have racism. We could cure racism in this country” —Jane Elliott   These…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We’ve Considered Lots of Other Innovative Ideas. Why Not Unionized Charters, Too?

Chartering is in part about bringing a diversity of approaches to improving public schools. Working with unions is surely one viable, even attractive, approach.…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016

I Want to Talk About What Betsy DeVos Isn’t Going to Do for Black Students

The school choice debate has perhaps never been more central to the national conversation than right now. With the NAACP’s recent call for a moratorium…

By James E. Ford

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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