Brown vs. Board of Education

Posted Feb. 14, 2017

In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016

Black, Proud and Pro-School Choice: Sorry, I’m Not Sorry

In ratifying a resolution to issue a moratorium on charter schools, the NAACP—despite its storied history of defending the civil rights of Black and Brown…

By Jeremiah Grace

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Posted Nov. 9, 2016

It Doesn’t Matter Who’s in the White House When It Comes to Education Policy

Anyone who has known me longer than five minutes knows that I am a pacifist, tree-hugging, worker-loving, Bernie Sanders Democrat. So what was I doing…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 26, 2016

Here’s What These Black Educational Leaders Had to Say About the NAACP’s Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Since the NAACP’s proposed moratorium on public charter schools in July, a number of Black leaders and organizations have come out against its stance. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016

The Conversation We Need on Race Happens in Classrooms Everyday

Every August, I visit all of our schools across the country to meet with our teams, listen to their vision for the year ahead, and…

By Preston Smith

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Posted July 12, 2016

Teens Talk About Racism

Martina, a high school sophomore, told her teacher she was nervous about talking with students from other schools about race. As she boarded the yellow…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted June 28, 2016

How Bothered Do We Need to Be to End Chicago’s Killing Season?

I’m an Oakland boy but the place that birthed me is in crisis and the world is numb to it. Chicago, one of the most…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted June 23, 2016

Texas Needs to Fight for Educational Equity

As a self-proclaimed history nerd, I have often thought about what my parents and ancestors have endured in order to provide a greater sense of…

By Omar Yanar

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Posted June 1, 2016

Education Must Be Part of the Movement for Black Lives and Social Justice

Over the past few years the nation has become familiar with the phrase Black Lives Matter. This is a declarative statement. An assertion of humanity…

By James E. Ford

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Posted May 17, 2016

On the Anniversary of Brown v. Board, We Still Have Work to Do

During a recent panel on the state of education for Black students, an interviewer asked, “What can we do to get more of the Black…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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