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Posted Sep. 10, 2019

Here’s Why Awards Over Rewards Is a Better Approach to Student Motivation

Student motivation can be an elusive goal for teachers. We try to think of “out of the box” strategies to get our kids to feel…

By Nicole Greene

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Posted Sep. 9, 2019

The Biggest Threat to Public Education Is Still Its Insidious ‘Belief Gap’

For a long time school reform seemed to be winning the public argument about the failure of schools to prepare students academically. During that run,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 9, 2019

There’s Room in the NAACP to Talk About the Importance of School Choice for Black Parents

I was recently the subject of a hit piece in the Huffington Post, which tried to connect me to the Koch brothers because, as a…

By Christina Laster

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Posted Aug. 7, 2019

In Everything We Do, We Must Ask, ‘How Are the Children?’

With so many pressing issues that threaten our planet, our elections, and our major institutions, why do I live and breathe education activism?  For me…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 7, 2019

Do I Really Have to Defend Civil Rights Activists From the NAACP?

For months, I’ve struggled internally with blasting the NAACP for its stance on charter schools. To chastise an advocacy organization that has been instrumental in…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 23, 2019

NAACP: Don’t Make Black Kids the New ‘Cotton’ That Funds Failing Public Schools

Because we want our children and grandchildren to be ready for college, NAACP members like me have chosen tuition-free public charter schools. But instead of…

By Joette Spencer Campbell

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Posted July 22, 2019

It’s Disappointing That My Civil Rights Organization Doesn’t Support My Civil Rights

As an advocate for equity in public education, I joined the NAACP, and eventually became the education chair for Southwest Riverside County. I believed I…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 10, 2019

Black Folks Can Barely Access District Choices. That’s Why I Fight for My Grandson’s California Charter.

This Wednesday, the California Senate’s Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make local school districts the primary authority saying…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 10, 2019

A California Charter School Gave Me a Lifeline. Don’t Take That Away From Other Students.

If charter schools had been an option when I was young, I believe my mom would have been wise to choose them for me, given…

By Jannesse “Dolly” Hunt

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Posted June 27, 2019

Without Teach For America, I Wouldn’t Be Teaching in the Same Latinx Community Where I Grew Up

I have vivid memories of teachers joining my school communities and then saying goodbye to them only a few years later. As a young girl,…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Sep. 16, 2019

I Hate to Inform You, but Not Everyone Is Above Average in Wobegon

Wherever you live, there is a high probability that Minnesota is low-key superior to your state.  We are the safest state in America, we have…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 12, 2019

Democratic Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About K-12 Education and That’s Why We Crashed Their Debate in Houston

All eyes may be on the third round of Democratic presidential candidates’ debates happening tonight. But let me direct your attention for a second to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2019

Teachers, If You Want a Say in What Happens at Your School, You Have to Speak Out

Welcome to a new school year! Amidst the busyness of planning and preparing, remember to take a step back and reflect on how you want…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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