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Posted July 2, 2021

America Won’t Live Up to the Promise of “Liberty and Justice for All” Until It Includes All Students

Usually, I start my mornings by watching reruns of my favorite 90s sitcoms like Living Single and Martin, but on this day, my eyes were…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 9, 2021

We Will Not Shy Away From Teaching Our History

During their senior year, all scholars at all of Democracy Prep’s schools take a rigorous year-long course called Sociology of Change. For the first half…

By Natasha Trivers

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Posted Oct. 7, 2020

How to Teach Students About Political Debates

With elections around the corner, political opponents all around the country are sparring off against one another in televised debates. This includes, but is not…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 7, 2020

Yes, Politics Do Belong In The Classroom

As I reflect on a controversial piece I wrote shortly after Donald Trump Jr. referred to educators as “loser teachers,” I remember one specific comment…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2019

Register to Vote and Let Politicians Know They Can’t Win by Attacking Charter Schools

I will never forget the day I became a U.S. citizen: November 16, 1993. My dad had moved us to the United States on a…

By Nina Rees

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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