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Posted Mar. 5, 2019

Even as a Disability Advocate I Still Did Everything Wrong When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

November 6, 2018, is the day my daughter was officially diagnosed with autism. That’s the day my world collapsed. For the first hour of her…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Nov. 5, 2018

‘Twas the Night Before the IEP Meeting

November is IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting time for most parents. This is dedicated to all of the parents preparing for their yearly IEP meetings.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Nov. 1, 2018

Our Students Need Every Educator to Speak Up to Ensure DeVos Hears Our Support for Restorative Justice

In my decade in Chicago Public Schools as a social worker and currently as a behavioral health specialist, I’ve learned a great education goes beyond…

By Tynisha Jointer

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

It’s Not ‘Inclusion’ If You Leave Out Kids With Special Needs

Way back in 1990 on this day, then-President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. The law’s provisions…

By Lisa Sniderman

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

Transgender Students Are Next Up in the Trump Administration’s Threat to Roll Back Civil Rights Protections

Imagine with me: One early morning my son Jonah lopes through the high school halls, high-fiving students from the marching band and volunteer “buddies” from…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 5, 2018

Why I Broke Up With My School District to Homeschool My Child With Special Needs

I grew up in public schools. I believe in public schools. But two years ago, I disenrolled my daughter, who has special needs. Then last…

By Jackie Nunes

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Posted Sep. 10, 2018

A Back-to-School Love Letter to Parents of Kids With Special Needs and Disabilities

Dear Fellow Parent Warriors, While every parent has strong feelings as a new school year approaches—excitement, nerves, even a little worry—our special tribe of parents…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Let’s just call her Betsy DeVoid. Our secretary of education earns a name-change because of her predilection for voiding guidance that protects our most disenfranchised…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 24, 2018

What Kids Want Teachers to Know Before the First Day of School

Back to school time makes everyone a little nervous: parents, teachers, staff and especially students. Conventional wisdom tells us that students are primarily worried about…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 22, 2018

Here’s Why I’m Thankful for How New Mexico Is Grading Our Schools

My two boys, ages 12 and 9, are my top priority. I have been actively and attentively helping them to learn the skills that will…

By Andrea Thomas

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Posted Mar. 13, 2019

While Rich People Bribe Their Kids’ Way Into College, Parents of Color Sit in Jail for Wanting Better Schools

While 33 wealthy, powerful parents, including the two B-list but well-known actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were paying off coaches and testing companies to…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 13, 2019

This Pi Day, Let’s Celebrate Girls Killing It at STEM

If society plays its cards right, we could soon enter a time when anyone can wear a lab coat, and that’s really cool. Schools, businesses,…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Mar. 12, 2019

The Case for Education Reparations

$23 billion. According to a recent report from Ed Build, that’s the gap in state and local funding between what kids in predominantly White districts…

By Maureen Kelleher

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