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 Oct. 17, 2019

Drop Your Assumptions About Kids With Special Needs and Their Families

As a parent of a child with special needs, I pay a lot of money to provide the services that…

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Posted Oct. 9, 2019

Fellow Black Parents, It’s Time to Break the Silence About Our Kids With Disabilities

My mom and society have taught me that it is rude to offer advice when no one asks for it. But…

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Posted Sep. 25, 2019

Reading the Right Books, Not Just the White Books, Will Help Black Students Succeed

Dear Black Students:  I want to tell you something controversial, something different from the messages most people will give you.…

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Posted Sep. 6, 2019

Don’t Integrate Schools Just to Benefit White Kids

White progressive educators and parents, I know lots of you. And I know you think diversity in schools is important.…

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Posted Aug. 29, 2019

Here’s What Children With Disabilities and Their Families Want Teachers to Know as We Start the School Year

As a mom of a child with disabilities, I know we parents can spend the early days of the school…

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Posted Aug. 24, 2019

The Suffragettes Were Not Allies to Black Women, They Were Racist

This week America celebrated the 99th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage, which granted women the right to vote. However,…

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Posted Aug. 7, 2019

No English Teacher Gets to Tell Me How to Understand Toni Morrison

This week, the entire nation is mourning the death of writer Toni Morrison. Book lovers of all races, ethnicities, genders…

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Posted July 30, 2019

Cardi B Is Teaching Us the Black History We Didn’t Get in Schools

The media is all over Cardi B for making a video with democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders. People who don’t…

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Posted July 25, 2019

Borders Shouldn’t Keep Refugee Children Out of America, Nor Should They Keep Black and Brown Children Out of Good Schools

A growing number of people are outraged by our current immigration debacle involving refugees on the southern border of the…

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Posted June 21, 2019
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3 Tips for a Great Summer With Your Child With Special Needs or Disabilities

School is over and summer is here! It is during the summer that I am most aware of how much…

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

We Can Support Our Teachers and Still Call B.S. on This Chicago Strike

You know what? It’s a real shame that people can’t seem to separate politics from public service. Because if one more person comes on one…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

After 40 Years, There Is Still Time for the U.S. Department of Education to Become a Good Idea

Wherever you exist on the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Education’s work has never been more relevant to the lives of families and students,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

She Has a Plan for Everything, So Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for K-12 Education?

I love a woman with a plan! And, Senator Warren, it seems like you have a plan for just about everything. There are currently 50…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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