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Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Here’s Everything You Need to Know When You’re Done Denying Your Kid Has Special Needs

Before I had my younger daughter, I had no idea about special education. I had never heard of an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). And if…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 13, 2017

Jared’s Got Something Special and KIPP’s ‘Pathways’ Is Helping Him Show It

Eight-year-old Jared Teel-Drayton hops into the room, hands flapping, eyes darting, smile alight. He’s been painting—his class went to the art room today—and his teacher,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 18, 2017

Let’s Stop With the Handcuffs and Train Teachers to Deal With Special Needs

I couldn’t watch the video of the Florida child being handcuffed in the principal’s office. As a writer and a policy wonk, I am not supposed…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted May 4, 2017

I Don’t Understand Why the NAACP Would Want to Make It Harder for Kids Like Mine

When my son was in kindergarten, he didn’t seem to be learning like the other children. I knew something was wrong. The school evaluated him…

By Felecia Brown Butler

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017

Here Are Some ‘Choice’ Highlights From Eva’s Interview With Chalkbeat

This whole district public school vs. charter public school—I don’t think parents think of it that way. I think they think of, ‘I want a…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 23, 2017

It Can Be Hard to Talk to Your Child’s School. Here Are 5 Tips From a Teacher.

Over the course of my years in the classroom I have come across many parents who are eager to support their child’s learning experience but…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted Mar. 16, 2017

4 Years Ago a Mom Wrote Me About Her Son With Special Needs Struggling in a District School. Here’s Where He Is Now.

Leah Stanger has an encouraging story about her son that I wish every politician, parent and educator in the country could hear. Stanger began writing…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted Feb. 23, 2017

Coffee Break: Florida Principal Lewis Jackson Doesn’t Just Know Poverty, He’s Lived It

I was pretty blown away with Lewis Jackson’s story. I met him during his nomination for 2016 principal of the year, an honor he wears with…

By Kerry-Ann Royes

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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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