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Posted Aug. 25, 2021

Like James Baldwin Said, ‘A Teacher Who Is Not Free to Teach Is Not a Teacher’

The great James Baldwin once stated, “A teacher who is not free to teach, is not a teacher.”  As many of you already know, there…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 16, 2021

Teachers Are the Best Experts on How to Spend the American Rescue Plan Money

The American Rescue Plan is sending an additional $128 billion in federal dollars to elementary and secondary schools to help students recover from the difficult…

By Evan Stone

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Posted May 20, 2021

The Rush to Reopen Schools Comes at a Price for Marginalized Students

The growing demand to reopen schools echoes across the country, supported by billions of dollars in federal funds to help schools “build back better.” States…

By Tina Starks

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Posted May 18, 2021

Change in Schools Starts With Listening to Students

I am a high school senior from Montgomery County, Maryland, and a fierce advocate for social justice and progressive change. I have spent the past…

By Kathryn LaLonde

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Posted Apr. 8, 2021

I Know What the Challenges Are for Black Teachers and How to Start Fixing Them

I will never forget the moment last year when a seventh-grade African American student came to my door and said, “Mr. Taylor, I just wanted…

By Aaron Taylor

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Posted Feb. 1, 2021

Saving Our Children from Violence When Schools Are the Abusers

Each of us has been that lone, righteous educator at the dinner party—that overzealous, overtired reality-checker among adults whose jobs don’t include ensuring the emotional…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted Jan. 26, 2021

We Need To Know if the Biden Administration Is Really With and For Us

Before taking a much needed vacation at the end of last year, I wrote a piece talking about how education for Black kids cannot look…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 15, 2020

Want Your Education Data to Have Impact? Cut the Jargon.

By now, “follow the science” is in contention for the most popular phrase of 2020. But research and data aren’t just relevant for communities trying…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 25, 2020

We Need a Cooperative Approach to Improve Education for Students With Disabilities

Ten years ago last month, a team of advocacy organizations filed the New Orleans special education lawsuit (P.B. v. White) in federal court. The class-action…

By Jennifer Coco

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Posted Nov. 17, 2020

Teachers Can Legally Hit Your Children in 19 States. Let’s Talk About It.

This past year has tested more than our mettle as educators; it’s tested our investment in the causes we claim as ours. I mean, it’s…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted Sep. 22, 2021

4 Tips to Help Parents Navigate These Traumatic Times

How many times have we heard it said that “these are unprecedented times?” That statement may have provided some comfort at the start of the…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 21, 2021

4 Ways Administrators Can Better Support Teachers This Year

Teachers are walking away from education, but the pandemic has accelerated the exit of some educators. I have spoken to several principals who have not…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Sep. 22, 2021

More Than One Million Parents Voted With Their Feet to Choose the Best Option For Their Family

A new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) finds that enrollment in district public schools dropped 3% from school years 2019-2020…

By Laura Waters

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