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Posted May 25, 2017

Betsy DeVos Says Discrimination Isn’t Her Problem. And She’s Dead Wrong.

Give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos points for ideological consistency. In a budget hearing yesterday, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) pressed DeVos on whether her plan for…

By Matt Lehrich

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Posted May 13, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day: A Tribute to Black Moms Who Use Education as Their North Star

Whenever you see a low-income, single Black mother, I challenge you not to judge. I challenge you to see greatness in her and her children.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Coffee Break: CEO of NOLA’s Urban League on Empowering Communities and Doing What’s Good for Kids

Erika McConduit is the second female to serve as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in its 75-year history. Under…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

Coffee Break: Parent Advocate Muhammed Akil on Getting Honest About Our Weaknesses and Creating Real Change

Muhammed Akil is a fierce advocate for school choice and unflinching in his conviction that we must confront long-time failures of traditional school systems. As…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017

We Don’t Need Any More Allies. We Need Accomplices in the Fight for Justice.

@MsPackyetti "Allies take up space; accomplices take up risk." #SummitX #UNDENIABLE — SFER (@SFERnational) March 5, 2017 This month, I had the absolute pleasure to…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Mar. 2, 2017

It Only Took 5 Weeks for Trump and DeVos to Start the Undoing of the Education Department

In a matter of weeks, the Trump administration has taken a number of steps to weaken the U.S. Department of Education and, so far, Education…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

4 Things Every School Should Do Right Now to Help Immigrant Students

I am a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m also the proud husband of an immigrant.…

By Justin Parmenter

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017

We’re In Danger If We’re Not Teaching Our Students About Their Civil Rights

At Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel, there’s a photograph of a father with his hands covering his young son’s eyes moments before they…

By Elizabeth G. Scalia, Ana L. Solis, Alana G. Baum

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Posted Feb. 17, 2017

A Teacher’s Guide to Educating Immigrant Children Under Trump

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a new resource guide for early learning programs and elementary schools working with immigrant families. A few days…

By Janie T. Carnock

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017

The Greatest Teaching Tool a School Can Have? Love.

Somewhere along the way, public schools stopped investing in the souls of children.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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