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Posted May 24, 2018

When I Realized No One Cared About My Students With Special Needs, I Chose to Raise My Voice

As a first-year teacher of students with disabilities in a large urban district, I faced huge inequities that even other teachers and principals overlooked. I…

By Barbara Mullen

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted May 16, 2018

Even When Your Kid Has Special Needs, Sometimes You Gotta Back Off and Let Them Make Their Own Choices

My younger daughter is one of the greatest joys of my life. She is full of energy, gives great cuddles and has a fantastic imagination,…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

My Dyslexia and Self-Doubt Were No Match for the Supportive Teachers Who Got Me to Read

I remember walking through the doors of Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School seven years ago like it was yesterday. I didn’t know anyone. The “gymnasium”…

By Mikey Correa

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

I Fought Like Hell to Find the Right School for My Blind Daughter and Now I Want to Help Others Do the Same

“Twalet, mama.” This was my daughter’s way of telling me she needed to use the potty. She was 4 1/2 years old, couldn’t speak English,…

By Karin Norington-Reaves

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

I’m in Bangladesh Right Now to Help Students With Special Needs and I Won’t Come Back the Same Teacher I Was Before

I’ve been offered one of those life-changing opportunities where I know that the person who I was when I left won’t be the same person…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Apr. 2, 2018

My Son Has Autism and This School Taught Him to Say ‘Mom’

At 5, my son, Niko, was still in diapers. He didn’t know how to communicate. He wouldn’t let anyone touch him. I was afraid for…

By Violet Stevens

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Posted Mar. 16, 2018

What Happens When Even the ‘Best’ Neighborhood School Treats Its Students With Disabilities Horribly?

The New York Post recently profiled Wesley Clark, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights. The article describes a “supposedly progressive Brooklyn Heights public school that talks…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

This New Report Is Fighting Charter School and Special Education Myths With Facts

To hear tell from charter opponents, students with disabilities and charters don’t mix. Their story about charters and special-needs students is simple: Charter schools don’t…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 2, 2018

I Was Bullied as a Child With Special Needs. Here’s How You Can Protect Your Kid.

Bullying is a serious problem in schools and online because it has the potential to cause real and lasting harm to victims. Bullying is considered…

By Alex Diaz-Granados

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 24, 2018

Y’all Can Have Betsy DeVos, I’m Checking for Stacy Abrams

Outrage: As Long As Betsy’s In Charge, Kids Should Just Stop Going to School Once again, Betsy DeVos demonstrated this week her dangerous ignorance of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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