Brittany Packnett

Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my awe-inspiring experience at the NewSchools…

By Marilyn Rhames

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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 had the absolute pleasure to…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 16, 2016

How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco this week. Initially, people chuckled…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 14, 2015

This Ed Reform Activist Is Tired of Fighting Haters, She’s Ready to Get Back to Work

Brittany Packnett, in addition to directing Teach For America in St. Louis, is a well-recognized leader of a growing movement for social justice and racial equity (you can follow her online at @MsPackyetti). So perhaps it's no surprise that she finds herself and her colleagues the target of maligning attacks and conspiracy theories. But she's setting the record straight this once and then she's done with the "easy" cop-out of bickering about…

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Posted July 20, 2015

Say Bruh, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Cheer Black Teachers

If you believe black lives matter, then you will defend effective black teachers in whatever organization they work. Teach For America announced at its annual…

By Andre Perry

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Posted June 10, 2015

Black People Are Feared. Black Teachers Are Threats.

I for one will have your backs. Black members of Teach For America (TFA) know the real reasons conservatives and progressives alike attack them. Black…

By Andre Perry

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

She Has a Plan for Everything, So Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for K-12 Education?

I love a woman with a plan! And, Senator Warren, it seems like you have a plan for just about everything. There are currently 50…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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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 Black folks aren’t talking about…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 11, 2019

Time for Democrats to Recognize the Progressive Roots of Charter Schools

Listening to the rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidates, one would think charter schools were a Republican initiative opposed by all progressives. Bernie Sanders calls for a…

By Emily Langhorne, David Osborne

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