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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

You Don’t Have to Tell Me About the Achievement Gap, I Live It

Have you ever heard of the achievement gap? Many minority students, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans usually fall lower in test scores and grades…

By Ayden Clayton

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

10 Ways to Give Your Child With Special Needs a Head Start

Since having a child diagnosed with special needs, I’ve learned so much about navigating the special-education process. First thing: the special education system is a hot mess—even for…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 3, 2018

We Knew the School Wasn’t Working for Our Kids So We Fixed It

There is something oddly beautiful about realizing that something isn’t right with education in your community. I have never been one to shine light on…

By Lamont Douglas

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Posted Jan. 3, 2018

We Need Parents as Empowered Partners in School Discipline Policies

I struggle a lot when meeting with parents this time of the year. I always have. I cringe in meetings when parents tell their children…

By Ashe Jones

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Posted Dec. 21, 2017

This Memphis School Cheated and Lied and It’s the Students of Color Who Lose

In a world of extreme inequity in education, low-income students and parents may not expect very much of their schools, but they at least deserve…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 19, 2017

4 Keys to Great Teaching and Learning

After 17 years as a classroom teacher and another seven working for Chicago Public Schools’ Head Start program, I think a lot about what is…

By Ivy Randle

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

I’m a Black Woman and I Don’t Want Your ‘Thank You’

It seemed like all of America voted in Alabama’s Senate election this week. Everyone had something to say about the decades-old Republican seat up for…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Dec. 14, 2017

LeBron Says Opening a School in His Hometown Is Bigger Than Any Championship

Being one of the best small forwards in the NBA, LeBron James has recorded more than his fair share of assists on the basketball court.…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Dec. 13, 2017

Coffee Break: Why Can’t Ed Reformers Stop Talking About Denver? Anne Rowe Has Some Ideas.

For several months, education reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis and…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

We Need a Place to Start Teaching Kids About Sexual Consent. And School Can Be It.

I will tell you that when I read about Aziz Ansari’s “date” gone wrong, my first thought was, “This woman needs to learn how to…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

3 Ways You Can Make an Impact on Your Kid’s School

The definition of “power” is the ability to act. Many times the word can be intimidating. I want you to stop and think of all the…

By Melissa Albarenga

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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

Education Is a Civil Rights Issue. Sorry, Not Sorry.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: School reform is a civil rights issue, and it’s one that I can’t be moderate about.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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