Marilyn Rhames

Posted June 19, 2017

The Genius in Every Black Family: Our ‘Hidden Figure’

I’m visiting my aunt and uncle in Los Angeles, and we decide to watch the movie “Hidden Figures,” about three little-known Black women whose mathematical…

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Posted June 15, 2017

The Tragic Tension Between College and Career Readiness

What’s the right approach: Counsel all graduating seniors to go to college, including the students who can’t afford it or may be unprepared academically or…

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Posted June 5, 2017

I Bet Kids Can Debate Education Reform Better Than We Do

I just completed my first season as a middle school debate team coach. Here are the basics: kids argue either the affirmative or the negative…

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Posted May 30, 2017

It’s Hard to Get a Teaching Job When You’re Black

Is it possible for a school to change the trajectory of low-income Black students’ lives while denying people who look like their aunts, uncles, mothers…

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Posted May 23, 2017

Founders, Eggs and Fists: How the NewSchools Summit Proved That the Fight Over Education Is Spiritual

When the NewSchools Summit in San Francisco ended last week, Black attendees were asking me what I would write about it. They were curious because…

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Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my awe-inspiring experience at the NewSchools…

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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.…

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Posted May 8, 2017

The Invisible Teacher: How the Secret Lives of Educators Can Impact Students

When you enter a school, it’s easy to notice the brightly colored bulletin boards and the roar of chatter spilling out of the cafeteria. But…

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Highlighting Diversity in the Charter School Movement

There are a lot of myths about public charter schools, but one of the inescapable truths is that there is a growing cadre of educators…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

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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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