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Posted Feb. 7, 2020

Children With Disabilities Have Civil Rights, Too

When we think of legally segregated and unequal schools, we usually think of the Jim Crow system of “Black and…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 23, 2020

Here’s What It Really Means to Move to a ‘Good School’ in a ‘Good Neighborhood’

Many White folks, especially Northern White liberals who voted for Obama, would argue they are not racist, even while they…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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,…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?

Monday night I sat on my back patio staring up into a rare, starry Chicago night. I squinted and made out each point of The…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

No Justice for Kindergartners, Or Any Kids, This Year

Cheltenham School District just released a letter to the community confirming that after months of internal and external discussions, surveys of stakeholders, and feedback from the board,…

By Dan Schultz

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