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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 6, 2018

America Promises Equal Opportunity But It’s a Complete Lie

Schools are where we’re supposed to find equal opportunity. Instead we find a sorting system that magnifies inequality. In fact, schools ration out opportunity to…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted May 25, 2018

These Parents Aren’t School Choice Zealots, They Just Want Better Schools for Their Kids

When it comes to the education of low-income children, classroom results often take a back seat to topics like money, jobs or race. And now…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 29, 2018

‘No Excuses’ Only Works When It Applies to the Adults in the School, Too

Many schools with strict discipline practice what they call a “no excuses” philosophy. The problem with many “no excuses” schools is that the motto is…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Jan. 23, 2018

Here Are the Real MVPs of National School Choice Week

It’s National School Choice Week (NSCW)! All week, we’re celebrating those who work to provide available and accessible, high-quality options for students and families. Though the…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Public Education Is Shortchanging Students and Families in Favor of Politics

When I look at school districts around the country, I see public education becoming more about politics and less about students and families. Increasingly, parents…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

VIDEO: In Oakland We Believe in the Greatness of Our Black Male Students

Imagine walking into a school every day and being taught by someone who looks like you. Imagine that person shares your upbringing, the music you listen to, or simply represents a living roadmap to the future—a walking embodiment of success.…

By Bankh Akintunde

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Posted June 21, 2017

Coffee Break: Kennan Scott on Cold Brew, Mad Scientists and Teaching STEM to Kids of Color

Kennan Scott teaches engineering at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a transit engineer, where he saw…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017

Teachers, You Never Know What Students Are Going Through Outside The Classroom

This guest post is by an anonymous, Oakland-based educator. One time my mom tried to kill me. She chased me with a knife, cackling like…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017

Chris Emdin’s SXSWedu Talk Just Might Have Converted Me From a Frenemy of Education to a Friend

I recently received a text from a friend: “Watch this. Worth every minute. Eager to hear your thoughts.” She had forwarded me Chris Emdin’s 2017…

By Monica Candal Rahim

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Posted July 13, 2018

Great Teachers Turn Life’s Challenges Into Lessons and Inspiration for Others

As teacher leaders, we go out and we inspire; we fight; we motivate, and we do it because we love students and believe in educators.…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted July 13, 2018

If You’re Not Going to Teach Our Kids to Read, Then We’re Taking Your Ass to Court

Outrage: Kids Can’t Read, America It took the kid about 5 minutes to read one sentence. He struggled to pronounce the easiest words. I was…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 13, 2018

My Mom Went to War to Get Me Into a School That Believes a Kid With Autism Kid Can Thrive

I have always been extremely anxious about change. Sometimes that change would lead to various levels of panic, sometimes in public. And that panic would…

By Enrique Duarte IV

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