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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

My Chicago Neighborhood Is Still Scarred 50 Years After MLK’s Assassination, But My Students Give Me Hope

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, leading to an uprising in Chicago. The North Lawndale and East Garfield Park…

By Garland Thomas-McDavid

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Posted Apr. 4, 2018

Episode 09: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination

In this episode, Ikhlas and Lane are joined by the founder of Campaign for School Equity, Mendell Grinter, to commemorate the date of Dr. Martin…

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Posted Mar. 15, 2018

Coffee Break: Memphis Education Leader Natalie McKinney Is Doing the Right Thing for Families for the Right Reasons

Last fall, former Shelby County Schools policy director Natalie McKinney assumed leadership of Whole Child Strategies, a nonprofit created to help Memphis neighborhood leaders use…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 21, 2017

This Memphis School Cheated and Lied and It’s the Students of Color Who Lose

In a world of extreme inequity in education, low-income students and parents may not expect very much of their schools, but they at least deserve…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps that’s why Mendell Grinter, was…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

VIDEO: Are Charter Schools Dividing the Black Community?

Making the Grade, a new partnership between Education Week and PBS News Hour, is so cool…and needed. Charter school news coverage has essentially become all…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

Tennessee’s Achievement School District Shows How State Interventions Can Work for Kids

In a recent column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, two Nashville school board members cautioned Georgia voters on supporting the Opportunity School District proposal based on…

By Malika Anderson

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

I’m a Card-Carrying Member of the NAACP and I Want to Apologize to Black Parents

I owe you an apology. I watched you show up in Cincinnati, Ohio for the NAACP’s national board meeting, yearning to be heard by board members,…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

Local Education Philanthropy: The Story No One is Talking About

Our understanding of philanthropy is faulty. Judging by news stories, commentaries, and blogs, one would assume the billion-dollar foundations of Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted July 6, 2016

In Memphis, Teach For America Is More Diverse and Local Than Ever

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported on the 10-year anniversary of Teach For America (TFA) in Memphis. It was fascinating to see how the demographics…

By Zack Barnes

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 24, 2018

Y’all Can Have Betsy DeVos, I’m Checking for Stacy Abrams

Outrage: As Long As Betsy’s In Charge, Kids Should Just Stop Going to School Once again, Betsy DeVos demonstrated this week her dangerous ignorance of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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