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Posted Jan. 20, 2017
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What The Atlantic Got Wrong About Charter Schools and Segregation

George Joseph’s article, What Betsy DeVos Didn’t Say About School Choice, claims that charter schools “have pushed more low-income, minority students into even more racially…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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How Martin Luther King Jr. Drives My Passion for School Choice

Yesterday we celebrated our 31st annual Martin Luther King Day. While schools were closed and students had the day off, many were encouraged to not just…

By David McGuire

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Posted Jan. 12, 2017
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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 Upper Dublin, a group of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 12, 2017
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Hidden Figures Are Sitting in Our Classrooms. And We’re Hiding Them.

Hidden. Figures. History books overlook pivotal instances and contributors to our country’s past. Some of these moments simply lacked a scribe or a historian to serve as…

By Shamar Knight-Justice

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017
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What Two Young Black Men Had to Say About the Importance of Reading

My students and I began reading “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” a few weeks ago. It’s a challenging read, vocabulary-wise, but they’re…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Dec. 28, 2016
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There’s No Excuse for Schools Not to Tackle Teacher Racial Bias

This is the third part of a four-part series on the writer’s experience and research on the achievement gap in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, a…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016
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9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016

Okay, so I’m not a parent—yet. But every day I read so many inspiring stories of parents from around the country demanding better schools for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016
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Here’s What a Good Student Teaching Experience Looks Like

The most important element of my pre-service teaching experience was my cooperating teacher, Keri Crocco. She welcomed me into her seventh-grade classroom at North Shore…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016
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I Knew From the Start I Had Found My Son’s Community School

My husband and I have always believed we have the right to choose where our children attend school. So when I noticed my youngest son…

By Tafshier Cosby

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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Coffee Break: Priscilla Agbeo on Loving Her ‘Blackness’ From Chicago to Stanford

Priscilla Agbeo is a junior at Stanford University, where she is focused on African and African American studies. She is also a woman of color—an…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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