School to Prison Pipeline

Posted Apr. 7, 2017
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My Brother Is in Prison and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Is to Blame

Schools are sending kids on a fast-track to prison, and it is hurting the future of our country. Schools use suspensions and expulsions to punish…

By James Schuster

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Posted Apr. 5, 2017
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Coffee Break: D.C. Principal Arthur Mola on Mucho Cafe, Helping Kids Chase Their Dreams and Channeling Frederick Douglass

In any endeavor, great leadership can make all the difference. In public education, that’s been getting some renewed attention lately. The Washington, D.C. Public Schools…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Coffee Break: Parent Advocate Muhammed Akil on Getting Honest About Our Weaknesses and Creating Real Change

Muhammed Akil is a fierce advocate for school choice and unflinching in his conviction that we must confront long-time failures of traditional school systems. As…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017
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My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017
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Suspension Is No Longer the Only Tool Educators Have to Address Discipline Problems

A student yells at a teacher, engages in an altercation with a peer or is continually late to class. For decades, under a zero-tolerance framework,…

By Catherine Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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We’re All Implicated in Systemic Racism

Race weighs heavily on my mind these days, not just because it’s Black History Month but mostly because my work in education reform is focused…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017
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DeVos and the ‘Third Way’ Opportunity for Democratic Education Reformers

Democratic education reformers, like many parents throughout the country, passionately believe that our public education system is struggling and needs to get better. But the…

By Matthew Frankel

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016
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My Former School District Just Made Fighting a Felony, and Here’s the Problem

In 2006, I graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County. Up until I turned 16, and later sometimes to save on gas…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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We Got Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline and Student Achievement Has Never Been Higher

This fall I had the privilege of attending a convening hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on the cultural practices of schools across the…

By Marsha Gadsden

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016
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What ‘Moonlight’ Tells Us About LGBTQ Black Boys and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

While the new film “Moonlight” tells the riveting coming-of-age story of a young queer Black man, it also serves as an artistic exposé about the…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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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…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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