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Posted Feb. 15, 2018

I Thought That School Lockdown Would Be the Last But 19 Years Later I Was Wrong

I was 15 years old the first time I experienced a school lockdown. Our teachers locked the classroom doors. Our busy hallways emptied. And no…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Feb. 15, 2018

Coffee Break: Check Out Nate Easley’s New Plan for Creating More Great Public Schools in Denver

Blue School Partners are doing great things in the Denver area. I recently had a chance to speak with their CEO, Nate Easley, about their mission…

By Ethan Gray

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

How You Can Advocate for Your Grandchild at School

I was a product of the early civil rights era. My entire first 12 years of formal education were spent in the segregated public school…

By Sylvia Holt

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

Families in Chicago Just Had a Huge Victory But Now the Real Work Begins

Yesterday, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Janice Jackson announced that three of the four high schools proposed to be closed in the South Side Englewood…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

Sometimes Giving a Failing Grade Is the Compassionate Thing to Do

I am not a teacher. I am not a principal. I am not a school board member. I am not a district administrator (anymore). What…

By Natalie McKinney

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

If 12,000 Families Didn’t Want School Choice, We Wouldn’t Be Here

Every morning, I come to work thinking about our students. Not politics, or rhetoric, or the news. Just our students—all 12,000 of them. They come…

By Constance Jones Brewer

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term.…

By Tynisha Jointer

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

JAY-Z Says We Need More Therapists in Our Schools and He’s Absolutely Right

JAY-Z was the inaugural guest on CNN’s new weekly “The Van Jones Show.” During the 40-minute interview, JAY-Z appeared deeply introspective, and even courageously vulnerable,…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

I Rewrote Joe Kennedy’s Speech to Be About Education Because I Wish It Was

When Rep. Joe Kennedy III gave the Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, he of course spoke to the same…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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