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Posted Apr. 1, 2020

Homeschooling During the COVID-19 Crisis Can Be a Blessing in Disguise for Black Families

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has forcibly closed school districts across the country and parents everywhere were asked to take on a new role—teacher.…

By Nehemiah Frank

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Posted Feb. 10, 2020

When Cops Outweigh Counselors, Schools Set Students Up to Fail

Black Lives Matter. This statement has sparked inspiration, fear and anger across this nation, but this has always been the message that Black people in…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted June 14, 2018

Who’s Watching Out?

Outrage: Who’s Protecting Our Kids Why does a fifth-grader have to go to her school board to beg for protection from bullies? “Hi my name…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017

Local Property Taxes Will Never Be an Equitable Way to Fund Public Schools, But Here’s Something We Could Change Now That Would Help

A new report from EdBuild, Building Equity: Fairness in Property Tax Effort for Education, analyzes the way public schools are funded via property taxes and how…

By Joshua I. Stewart

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Posted Nov. 1, 2016

Black People Have Tried the ‘Trust Me’ Relationship With Public Education for 150 Years, It’s Time For Something New

Let’s suppose there are two sides of the education debate that use similar tactics to discredit their opponents, and to acquire Black voices that give credibility…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 2, 2016

Teachers Unions Must Stop Standing With Republicans Against Closing the Equity ‘Loophole’ in Title I Funding

The Obama administration is trying to end a longstanding bit of systemic inequity in the public schools, but his officials are facing the stiff arm from an…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Feb. 18, 2016

Are We Too Focused on How Black Boys Act to Know Who They Really Are?

“Mrs. Stephens, I am having a good day today!” That was how I was enthusiastically greeted by a kindergartner, an African-American boy. He was going…

By Lee-Ann Stephens

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Stop Talking As If My People Are The Problem, and You’re The Solution

Years of ribbing by older cousins has given me a thick skin that helps the daily work I do with middle school students. But this thick skin, my shield, has a few weak points. As a New Orleans native and educator living in North Carolina, I take hits to my armor in the form of poorly-written, misinformed opinion pieces about “less fortunate, urban” children in the states that I call home. When I happen across a tilted article about my…

By Malaika Hankins

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Posted Jan. 26, 2016

Are You Listening, DeBlasio and Cuomo? Here Are 3 Keys to Successful Community Schools

Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his state of the state speech. With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday following only days later, I couldn’t help but reflect on the lack of progress my city of New York has made towards ending social inequality, and narrowing long-standing achievement gaps. During his “I Have A Dream” speech, Dr. King Jr. envisioned a day where “little black boys and girls will be holding…

By Karim Abouelnaga

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Posted Jan. 19, 2016

We Can’t Do Right by Kids If White Liberals Like Tim Wise Are Confused About Testing

There’s a lot of B.S. out there in the world about standards and standardized testing and it’s gotten to the point where for many liberals, misinformation is taken as truth. For example, what I heard anti-racist activist Tim Wise say recently on the Rock the Schools podcast (listen to the episode at the bottom of this post). He said: Most of the tests we’re using to evaluate excellence under federal educational law and various…

By Catlin Goodrow

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Posted Mar. 31, 2020

Millions of Low-Income Students Are Being Denied Access to Internet

Access to public education is now a fundamental right. All 50 states mandate public education in their state constitutions. Once states made public education compulsory,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 6, 2020

Governors Ask DeVos For Emergency Education Aid

On March 27th, two weeks ago last Friday, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), a $2 trillion stimulus…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 6, 2020

My Kids Are Online All the Time Now And I Don’t Always Know What They’re Looking At

OK, I have a confession to make. I have not been as good at monitoring my children’s internet access as I should have been. If…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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