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Posted Aug. 19, 2020

Kamala Harris Has an Opportunity to Stand Up for Black Kids

After months of speculation in what I personally believe is the least covered presidential campaign in modern history, Joe Biden announced Senator Kamala Harris as…

By Walter Blanks

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Posted Aug. 19, 2020
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Must Rise Above a ‘Woke’ Agenda That Limits School Choice

True confession: I didn’t watch the Democratic virtual convention Monday night. Currently I’m maintaining my mental health by mainlining “The West Wing,” sort of like…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 19, 2016

Sexism stings for a long time, in politics and in the classroom

When Hillary Clinton became the first female nominee for President of the United States, I’ll admit I cried. I looked at my daughter and my…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Aug. 10, 2016

Coffee Break: Principal Sharif El-Mekki on #BlackMaleEducators, #DemsInPhilly, and His Neighborhood Charter School

Sharif El-Mekki didn’t come to a career in education right away, but the families in his boyhood Philadelphia neighborhood sure are glad he found his…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 1, 2016

After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

I talk about expectations all the time and how we must ensure that the bar for our students and our children is a high one. And I firmly believe that to be true. But I realized last week that my feelings about the 2016 election put me in the crosshairs of potential hypocrisy. I wasn’t planning to vote for Hillary Clinton. John Kasich was my first choice, and my frustration with my remaining choices left me cold enough that my plan was to vote…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 28, 2016

There’s an Obama in My Classroom—and Yours, Too

I came home from Bible study last night and turned on the TV. The president was onstage at the Democratic National Convention speaking with the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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