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Posted May 15, 2020

ZIP Code May Not Be Destiny, But It’s as Hard to Fight as Gravity

One Saturday I was picking my daughter up from a birthday party at one of those modern-day upscale arcades, and I was surprised to run…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Feb. 26, 2020

As a Black Male Educator, I Get to Be a Superhero for Students Too Often Left Behind

Teaching is one of my greatest gifts. Seeing my mother’s life’s work as a teacher in Dekalb County created my blueprint for what the life…

By Jason B. Allen

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Posted Feb. 1, 2019

Hosting the Super Bowl Is Nice But Atlanta’s Kids Need a Champion of Excellent Schools

As the mother of 11-year-old twins, I spend every day planning, supporting and coordinating their lives. I have also worked in their school, sat on…

By Suzanne Mitchell

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Is a Shoutout to the Grandparents That Help Raise and Advocate for Kids

Despite having a third-grade education, they made sure reading was fundamental for not only their children but every child they came in contact with.…

By Jason B. Allen

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016

Coffee Break: Atlanta Superintendent on Restoring Confidence, Focusing on Kids and Selfie Sticks

Meria Joel Carstarphen became superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on the heels of a national cheating scandal in which 11 of 12 people in APS…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted June 17, 2016

Scandals Don’t Just Happen in Politics, They Also Take Place In Our Classrooms

New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles: These cities and countless others across the United States have dealt with scandals involving their public…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted May 4, 2016

Coffee Break: Valerie Camille Jones on Coffeehouse Math, Our Numbers Complex, and ‘Hidden Figures’

This is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we’re a little late to the party in recognizing and appreciating Dr. Valerie Camille Jones, who was feted at…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 18, 2015

In Georgia There’s No Silver Bullet to Increased Graduation Rates

Last week the Georgia Department of Education released its 2015 graduation rates. The surprise? This year has marked a significant increase in the graduation rate—a…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted July 2, 2020

We Don’t Recognize America’s Independence Day Over Here in Wakanda

“Independence Day” is upon us. But Black fam’, before we get geeked to partake in such traditions as backyard barbecues and celebratory fireworks commemorating a…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 2, 2020

Seriously, Betsy? The Civil Rights Act

On Friday U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement celebrating the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, passed in 1957 by a Republican-controlled…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is hot, my stomach churns. My…

By Nahliah Webber

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