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Posted June 7, 2017

I Was a Principal in Southwest Philly and That Didn’t Stop These Black Cops From Pulling Me Over

All year our eighth-grade students have been grappling with social justice issues and how to address them. They’ve closely analyzed…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 4, 2017

Champion for Charters Sen. Anthony Williams Supports What Works for Kids. Period.

As an early-career teacher, there were people who made some real contributions to my classroom’s culture and instruction. Obviously, some…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

9 Things Every Educator Should Know When Teaching Black Students

Most of my educational experiences as a child were in an all-Black spaces and all of my experiences as an…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 3, 2017

The Second Great Migration for Black Families Is Embracing School Choice

Like hundreds of thousands of Black families, my paternal grandmother and several of her relatives participated in the Great Migration,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017

We Don’t Need Any More Allies. We Need Accomplices in the Fight for Justice.

@MsPackyetti "Allies take up space; accomplices take up risk." #SummitX #UNDENIABLE — SFER (@SFERnational) March 5, 2017 This month, I…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

Do You Know This Hidden Figure? Meet Legendary Black Educator Dr. Anna Julia Cooper

A multitude of hidden figures silently loom in our shadows, yet those who know understand that as Black people we…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 9, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: What Do Black Panthers Have to Do With a Charter School Principal? Let Me Tell You

Education was fundamental to the Black Panther Party, and it remains true for social justice activists today.…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 25, 2017

Black Families Have a Long History of Using School Choice as Resistance to Racist and Inadequate School Systems

National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort spotlighting effective education options for children, including traditional public schools,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 12, 2017

Trump Might Want to Scrap the Office for Civil Rights, But the Work Continues

In a community not too far from my home of Philadelphia, yet light years away in the tony suburb of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Schools Waste Too Much Time Trying to Find Good Teachers, and Colleges Can Fix That

“After 30 years of doing such work, I have concluded that classroom teaching…is perhaps the most complex, most challenging, and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted July 8, 2020

Donald Trump Will Never Give Us the Smart, Nuanced Conversation We Need About Going Back to School

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the end of the 2019-2020 school year, parents and politicians nationwide sang the praises of teachers across the country—and it…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for the removal of police in…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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