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Posted July 20, 2017

These Boys Are in Juvenile Detention. Here’s How I Help Them See the Opportunity for Hope.

As an educator for 18- to 21-year-old boys at our county juvenile detention center, sorrow often feels like a constant companion. There are days when…

By Melissa Marini Švigelj-Smith

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Posted July 26, 2016

Here’s How Wealthy School Districts Keep the Poor Kids Out

Earlier this month, EdBuild released an interactive map displaying how many kids in each school district in America live below the poverty line and highlighting…

By Zahava Stadler

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Posted May 6, 2016

My Hope Is That All Cleveland Kids Can Benefit From a Quality Education Like I Did

I am writing to tell you a little bit about where I am in life now thanks to the education I received at Breakthrough Schools.…

By Terrence Reynolds

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Posted Apr. 18, 2016

The World Expected Me to Fail, But I Found Success at My Charter School

My teachers at Breakthrough Schools always told me education was vital to my life, and pledged to do everything in their power so that each…

By Mary Nazimiec

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Posted Jan. 26, 2016

These Numbers Are Sobering, But They Make the Case for High Standards

Success stories often make for good newspaper articles, and the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta has recently received national attention for its transformative culture of…

By Perpetual Baffour

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Posted Oct. 14, 2015

What Went Wrong With Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago Public Schools?

Greed. Lies. Bribery and kickbacks. Everyone in Chicago is talking about three naughty little B-words: Barbara Byrd-Bennett. The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) pled…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 17, 2015

We Know the Stats, So When Are We Going to Act?

You really don’t truly get something until you directly experience it or see it with your own eyes. You can’t un-see the video of Tamir…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted June 8, 2015

‘Why Do We Always Have to Do Black Stuff?’

At first glance, the spate of police brutality cases over the past year has little to do with the science I teach Monday through Friday.…

By Dean Bryson

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Posted Feb. 10, 2015

3 Reasons I’ve Become a Believer in Charter Schools

Charter or traditional? Everyone in the education field will eventually be faced with this question, whether they are considering a job change or exploring opportunities…

By Sandy Abraham

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Posted Aug. 19, 2019

Here’s How Trump Is Making It Harder to Integrate Schools

This summer, integrated schools heated up as a campaign issue when Kamala Harris called out Joe Biden for his 1970s stance on mandated busing as…

By Miriam Rollin

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Posted Aug. 20, 2019

If We Care for Kids, We Can’t Shut Down Teachers Who Truly Want to Do Better by Them

This teacher said a thing and I thought all hell would break loose.  It happened last week when my 8 Black Hands crew recorded a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 21, 2019

It’s OK, You Can Teach For America

In 2013, Sandra Korn, then a senior at Harvard and a contributor to the student newspaper The Crimson, wrote an article telling her peers “Don’t…

By Allie Donahue

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