Julian Vasquez Heilig

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 Nov. 1, 2016

Black People Have Tried the ‘Trust Me’ Relationship With Public Education for 150 Years, It’s Time For Something New

Let’s suppose there are two sides of the education debate that use similar tactics to discredit their opponents, and to acquire Black voices that give credibility…

By Chris Stewart

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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 May 13, 2016

San Francisco, No One Wins When You Lose Teach For America

Teach For America haters, go ahead and crow all you like about the San Francisco School Board’s decision to bow to union pressure and suspend…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 17, 2016

Peter Cunningham Reflects on the 2016 Network for Public Education Conference

I arrived in North Carolina for the 2016 conference of The Network for Public Education and the first person I met is the organization’s founder…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 19, 2016

Turns Out What the TFA Haters Really Hate Is Charter Schools

We were about 34 minutes into the podcast before I realized this “debate” about Teach For America (TFA) wasn’t really about TFA at all. It…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 22, 2016

Hey TFA Haters, What’s Wrong With a Little Idealism?

My daughter is the kind of college senior Teach For America (TFA) loves to recruit. A student of color at a top college who is…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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