ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice. She is also a taco enthusiast, a proud member of the Bey-hive, and truly believes that she will be receiving her letter from Hogwarts any day now.

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Posted Sep. 20, 2018

Chrissy Teigen Inspires ‘Say My Name Right’ Challenge in Schools

This week, the Twitterverse exploded when Chrissy Teigen—supermodel, social justice activist, wife to the first Black male EGOT winner, John…

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black…

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Posted Sep. 10, 2018

A Back-to-School Love Letter to Parents of Kids With Special Needs and Disabilities

Dear Fellow Parent Warriors, While every parent has strong feelings as a new school year approaches—excitement, nerves, even a little…

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Posted Aug. 24, 2018

What Kids Want Teachers to Know Before the First Day of School

Back to school time makes everyone a little nervous: parents, teachers, staff and especially students. Conventional wisdom tells us that…

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Posted July 6, 2018

Summer Is Tough for Parenting a Child With Disabilities But It’s Also an Opportunity

As a parent of a daughter with a disability, I feel like I am in a perpetual state of learning…

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Posted June 15, 2018

16 Amazing Black Men and Their Advice for Young Students

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate all the wonderful fathers in the world. However, for Black people, Father’s Day…

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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…

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Posted May 8, 2018

Separate But Equal Doesn’t Work, Except When We’re Talking Graduation Ceremonies

Dear White Elementary and High School Administrators: Did you see what happened at the University of Florida’s graduation ceremony on…

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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…

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a…

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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