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Posted Feb. 6, 2017

We Can’t Ignore the Mental Health of Our Students If We Want Them to Be Successful

“Education is the key to success.” It’s a phrase we hear time and time again, repeated ad nauseam by educators, leaders and parents. From the…

By Joe Smith

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Posted Jan. 25, 2017

Black Families Have a Long History of Using School Choice as Resistance to Racist and Inadequate School Systems

National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort spotlighting effective education options for children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

Stop Blaming Black and Brown Kids and Learn From Schools That Get Discipline Right

After U.S. Education Secretary John King encouraged charters to rethink their discipline policies, many of the ensuing conversations have been problematic. As someone who has…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted Nov. 3, 2015

Schools Can Help Fix Poverty, But Not by Themselves

During my career I have had the opportunity to work with many exceptional students, but one in particular stands out in my mind. Within our…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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