Ben MacKenzie

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Teacher, FAIR School Downtown

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ben MacKenzie teaches ninth and 12th-grade English/Language Arts at FAIR School Downtown in Minneapolis. He is a teacher leader for Educators 4 Excellence-Minnesota and a member of the E4E National Teacher Action Team for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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Posted Oct. 15, 2015

For the Sake of My Students, Congress Must Act Now on ESEA

Imagine you’re a student in an inner-city school. Supplies are dwindling and teacher turnover is high. You hear that all…

By Ben MacKenzie

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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