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Posted Mar. 28, 2018

Washington Still Hasn’t Gotten the Message That Our Schools Need Restorative Practices

Thousands of students have walked out of classrooms and marched on Washington to send a message on gun violence. Message not received. Instead of listening…

By Tianitha Alston

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Posted Mar. 16, 2018

What Happens When Even the ‘Best’ Neighborhood School Treats Its Students With Disabilities Horribly?

The New York Post recently profiled Wesley Clark, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights. The article describes a “supposedly progressive Brooklyn Heights public school that talks…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Homelessness, Cancer and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to Shadina Charles that it is time to wake up and get her daughters…

By Keciah Bailey

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Posted Nov. 14, 2017

Diverse by Design: These Charter Schools Show What Integration Looks Like and Why It Matters for Kids

It’s no secret that charter schools are getting some pretty stellar outcomes for students, particularly in urban areas. Many charter schools are also embracing diversity…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

I’m All About School Choice Providing My Kids With the Best Education Possible

I am a big advocate of school choice and have trouble understanding the critics I read about in the press. Don’t they realize that high-performing…

By Kathy-Ann Hosten-Peters

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

We Got Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline and Student Achievement Has Never Been Higher

This fall I had the privilege of attending a convening hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on the cultural practices of schools across the…

By Marsha Gadsden

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Coffee Break: Meredith Anderson on Teacher Diversity, Empowering Young Women and ‘Ubuntu’

Meredith Anderson is principal of Excellence Girls Middle Academy, one of 49 schools in the Uncommon Schools network. She has taught first- through eighth-grade science,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 23, 2016

This XQ Super School in Brooklyn Is Providing a Compass to the Future

The Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School is one of 10 winners of the Super School Project, a competition to reinvent public education run by XQ. The…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 14, 2016

Our Student Demographics Are Shifting and It’s Time We Embraced It

“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 16, 2015

Low Expectations in New York Means Not Enough Quality Teachers for Minority Students

I see Chris everyday. He comes to our field office to talk about his school experience as a student of color in Brooklyn. Each day,…

By Tenicka Boyd

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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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