Shavar Jeffries

Posted July 31, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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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…

By Marilyn Rhames

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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…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 7, 2016

Why Are We Still Asking ‘Is School Choice the Black Choice’ When We Know It Is?

“Is School Choice the Black Choice?” was the question on hand at a panel discussion in D.C. on Wednesday night moderated by TV One News’…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted July 19, 2016

I’m Proud Not to Support Trump, But I Wish I Could Be More Proud to Be a Democrat

I found myself flipping back and forth between schadenfreude and disgust at last night’s Republican National Convention circus. Chachi, some Duck Dynasty guy and a…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 3, 2016

It’s Time for a Unified Public School System in New Orleans

The path to meaningful and lasting change in our public schools system is often difficult, driven by successes and slowed by setbacks along the way.…

By Shavar Jeffries

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Posted Apr. 13, 2016

Coffee Break: Shavar Jeffries on Transformative Education, Family Road Trips and Burgers With Barack

Shavar Jeffries calls himself “a product of the transformative power of quality education.” And now from his post as president of Democrats for Education Reform…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 14, 2015

Inside the Perfect Political Storm That’s Forcing Gov. Cuomo to Backpedal on New York Education Reform

These are whiplash-inducing times for public schools in New York, as state education leaders keep hitting the brakes on the very reforms they had aggressively…

By Bill Hammond

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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