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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

Going Beyond MLK’s ‘Dream’ and Getting Uncomfortable in the Classroom

In third grade, I remember learning about Martin Luther King. We listened to his “I Have A Dream Speech.” We read about Rosa Parks and…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

We Can Be a Nation of Dreamers and a Nation of Laws

On a hot day before the end of the school year, I sat in my classroom with Wajid, a tall and reedy senior who had…

By Josh Kaufmann

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Posted Sep. 22, 2017

I’m Tired and Pissed Off About Our Sorry Education System But I’m Still Fighting

I always thought I was super smart. Until I got to college. Even though I lived in Englewood, one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, I attended…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 1, 2017

As Black and Brown Educators, We’re Coming Together to Support DACA and the American Dream

“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources, because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” —Lyndon B.…

By Nina D. Sánchez, Halleemah Nash, D. Nigel Green

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Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Coffee Break: Broward Supt. Bob Runcie on How Public Schools Can Carve the Path to the American Dream

Bob Runcie has led Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (the nation’s sixth-largest district) since 2011, after serving in several leadership positions in the Chicago Public…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

One Progressive Education Reformer’s Manifesto in the Age of Trump

Chalkbeat recently reported about a March meeting of progressive education reformers where former Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged charter leaders to resist the Trump administration’s…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 28, 2020

We Shined a Light on What Many Refuse to See: World-Class Cities With Third-World Educational Results

You mad, bro? That seems like the most appropriate question to ask after my team released “The Secret Shame of Progressive Cities” last week, a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

Better Charter School Laws Can Help Families Win a Ticket Out of Poverty. Here’s Who’s Getting It Right.

As a tribute to National School Choice Week, one of the most empowering weeks of the year for parents, today, the National Alliance for Public…

By Todd Ziebarth

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

What Happens When a Good Public Charter School Can’t Get a Building

Imagine that your 15-year-old daughter is enrolled in a public high school that you both chose for its affirmative culture and impressive academics. Your daughter—let’s…

By Laura Waters

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