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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

Hope and Outrage: Lawmakers Would Rather Invest in Prisons Than Schools But Our Kids Are Fighting for Their Education

Outrage: These Politicians Bullshitting Third-Graders We all know politicians are full of it. But kids keep it real. So when third-graders ask why you’re putting…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

My Chicago Neighborhood Is Still Scarred 50 Years After MLK’s Assassination, But My Students Give Me Hope

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, leading to an uprising in Chicago. The North Lawndale and East Garfield Park…

By Garland Thomas-McDavid

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Mar. 15, 2018

Coffee Break: Memphis Education Leader Natalie McKinney Is Doing the Right Thing for Families for the Right Reasons

Last fall, former Shelby County Schools policy director Natalie McKinney assumed leadership of Whole Child Strategies, a nonprofit created to help Memphis neighborhood leaders use…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Teaching Is Not Like Those Cute Teacher Movies, It Takes Wisdom and Grit

Can I really do this for 30 years? Why isn’t loving them enough? It always worked at camp. My lessons are awesome, so why don’t…

By Sara Amick

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Posted Dec. 6, 2017

We’re Real Parents With Real Issues and We Need Solutions to Fix Our Schools

When my daughter is on the playground, I see her playing with kids from district, charter and private schools, and even some others who are…

By Allison Simpson

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I Drove 243 Miles to Find a Better School for My Kid and All I Found Was More of the Same

In 2005, I had my son and I was terrified. I already knew that, because he was a Black male born to a single mother,…

By Teade Tagaloa

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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: My Mom Overcame Her Drug Addiction and Gave Me a Chance at a Real Education

I grew up in a home with my mom and two younger siblings. My mother spent most of my childhood in the throes of drugs…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

I’m Not From Nashville But I Can Tell Their Black and Brown Kids Are Getting Cheated Out of Good Schools

“You’re from Chicago—you can’t tell us anything about Nashville!” This is what I’m expecting to hear from the anti-reform people who read this blog. But…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 8, 2017

If Politicians Won’t Step Up To Lead the Fight For Free College Tuition, Students Will.

Across the country, states like New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee are eliminating college tuition to help more students earn a higher education. But…

By Maxwell Lubin

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of affluent homeowners filed their taxes…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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