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Posted Jan. 29, 2018

VIDEO: We’re Not Doing Enough to Fight Racism in Our Schools

On religious holidays, so many of us have family and faith community practices of rereading stories related to that holiday. On Independence Day, I’m not…

By Deborah Gist

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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

Education Is a Civil Rights Issue. Sorry, Not Sorry.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: School reform is a civil rights issue, and it’s one that I can’t be moderate about.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted July 31, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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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 July 22, 2016

Why Educators Should Serve at the Forefront of #BlackLivesMatter

As a principal, I believe educators must stand together and continue to fight for equal access to opportunity for our poor children of color and…

By Robert Croston

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Posted Jan. 26, 2016

Are You Listening, DeBlasio and Cuomo? Here Are 3 Keys to Successful Community Schools

Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his state of the state speech. With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday following only days later, I couldn’t help but reflect on the lack of progress my city of New York has made towards ending social inequality, and narrowing long-standing achievement gaps. During his “I Have A Dream” speech, Dr. King Jr. envisioned a day where “little black boys and girls will be holding…

By Karim Abouelnaga

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

Are We Really 250 Years Away From Closing the Achievement Gap?

This “wait” has almost always meant “never.” … “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” —Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail In honor…

By Marilyn Rhames

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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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