Christina Laster

Guest Blogger

Parent/Grandparent

San Diego, California

Christina Laster is the founder of the Inland Empire and San Diego Parent Unions. She is a former statewide community organizer with the California Policy Center, and a Black parent and grandparent in Southern California. Christina was formerly the is an executive committee member of the California Hawaii NAACP, the Education chairwoman and Youth Council advisor of Southwest Riverside County NAACP. Currently, she is a delegate and advisor for National Parents Union.

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Posted July 7, 2020

Parents, It’s Way Past Time to Break Up With Traditional Education and School Funding

This pandemic is an opportunity to change not only how we educate children, but how we fund that education. Right…

By Christina Laster

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Posted Dec. 16, 2019

Black Families, These Are Not the Democrats Who Will Save Us

While watching the Public Education Forum 2020 on Saturday, one phrase caught my attention: Democratic “hopefuls,” referring to the presidential…

By Christina Laster

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Posted Nov. 20, 2019

Some Charter Schools Are Showing Us How to Teach Black Students, But We’re Ignoring Them

For educators, equity has become an industry. They are offered tons of data, research and training on how to build…

By Christina Laster

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Posted Aug. 9, 2019

There’s Room in the NAACP to Talk About the Importance of School Choice for Black Parents

I was recently the subject of a hit piece in the Huffington Post, which tried to connect me to the…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 22, 2019

It’s Disappointing That My Civil Rights Organization Doesn’t Support My Civil Rights

As an advocate for equity in public education, I joined the NAACP, and eventually became the education chair for Southwest…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 10, 2019

Black Folks Can Barely Access District Choices. That’s Why I Fight for My Grandson’s California Charter.

This Wednesday, the California Senate’s Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make local school…

By Christina Laster

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Posted Mar. 5, 2021

School Discipline Is the Modern Day Chattel Slavery and Damn Near Everybody Is In On It

Let me drop some numbers on y’all real quick. We know that starting as early as Pre-K, Black students are three times more likely to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Mar. 3, 2021

Biden Is Right, We Need Kids to Go Back to School But Not Like Before

On March 13, 2020, when Governor Newsom shut down schools in California including in LAUSD where my son is now a senior, I held my…

By Anya Grottel-Brown

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

By Danielle Durbin

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