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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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