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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

3 Ways You Can Make an Impact on Your Kid’s School

The definition of “power” is the ability to act. Many times the word can be intimidating. I want you to stop and think of all the…

By Melissa Albarenga

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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 Nov. 8, 2017

Do Not Close My Daughter’s School

My daughter, Rileigh Jasper, is a first-grader at National Teachers Academy (NTA) in Chicago Public Schools. The school holds the district’s top rating, Level 1+.…

By Sashai Alvarez Jasper

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Posted Oct. 19, 2017

I’m 100% Here for a Parent’s Bill of Rights

In the world of public education that has now turned into a political arena for unions, school boards, state capitols, and ed reformers, parents often…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

I’m Not From Nashville But I Can Tell Their Black and Brown Kids Are Getting Cheated Out of Good Schools

“You’re from Chicago—you can’t tell us anything about Nashville!” This is what I’m expecting to hear from the anti-reform people who read this blog. But…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 4, 2017

Los Angeles Parents Spoke Up and Got a School Board That Puts Kids First

One year ago this week, we introduced our organization, Speak UP, and its platform and principles. For far too long, we pointed out, when education…

By Jenny Hontz, Katie Braude

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Posted May 18, 2017

3 Lessons From the Los Angeles School Board Race for Pro-Equity Advocates

When the ballots were finally tallied in the early morning hours on Wednesday, those of us who work for educational equity in California’s public schools…

By Chris Bertelli

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coming Back to the School That Served Him Meant More Than Any Job Title Could

I met Danny Herrera a couple of years ago. It’s hard to put a date on it as I remember his face from our time…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017

Is Politics the Problem in Education or the Solution?

Politics is at the heart of so much that is wrong with public education. On the left, education politics is often about increasing funding while…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 9, 2016

It Doesn’t Matter Who’s in the White House When It Comes to Education Policy

Anyone who has known me longer than five minutes knows that I am a pacifist, tree-hugging, worker-loving, Bernie Sanders Democrat. So what was I doing…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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