Suspensions

Posted May 9, 2017

Stop Pushing Girls Out of the Classroom and Just ‘Let Her Learn’

Every day girls are being pushed out of the classroom. Some of them are unseen. Many of them are unheard. And too often they are…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Bottom Line: District and Charter Schools Can Work Together to Improve All Public Schools

This week is National Charter Schools Week, a time to shine a light on public charter schools. In Washington, D.C., where I lead the sole…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

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 Mar. 9, 2017

If We Don’t Believe Our Students Can Actually Achieve, Then What Are We Even Doing? Let’s Start There.

Many students growing up in the United States have historically encountered a pervasive message that their ability is fixed and will not change. That it…

By Jon Saphier

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017

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. 23, 2017

To the NAACP: Rescind the Moratorium and Work With Us to Improve Charter School Oversight

In response to public outcry over its call for a charter moratorium, the NAACP is on a listening tour across the country to learn more…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted Feb. 16, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Has Been and Still Is Fighting for the Right to Learn

Black children deserve the opportunity to learn and exist, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they have that opportunity. We need to go out of our way to send the message that we care, support them and their education.…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017

To Understand Why Rachel’s Fighting, You Need to Understand What Schools Are Missing About Student Discipline

When Rachel walked into my office, she was holding the side of her face. The nurse came in and cleaned up any open wounds she…

By Ingrid Lafalaise

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Posted Dec. 28, 2016

There’s No Excuse for Schools Not to Tackle Teacher Racial Bias

This is the third part of a four-part series on the writer’s experience and research on the achievement gap in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, a…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Oct. 12, 2016

Coffee Break: New Orleans’ Ben Kleban on Saying Goodbye to the School Board You Used to Know and Looking to the Future

Say goodbye to the New Orleans school board you used to know. When Senate Bill 432—which called for a return of certain Recovery School District (RSD)…

By Lamont Douglas

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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