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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 Oct. 26, 2020

Rev. Sharpton: Education Problems Are a ‘Five-Alarm’ Fire

Now would be a good time to listen to Rev. Al Sharpton. You didn’t see that coming. Me, of all people, pointing to a left-of-center…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 22, 2020

If You Care About Educational Justice in Your Community, #GetEducated and #VoteLocal

Focus on what the talking heads have to say and you would think there’s nothing more to this election than donkeys and elephants.  Yes, we’re…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Aug. 26, 2020

3 Questions Every Educator Should Ask to Prepare for School This Year

There are some things we understand much better today than we did four months ago. Leading school districts and schools of all grade levels during…

By Shamile Childs, Jacqueline Chavis

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is hot, my stomach churns. My…

By Nahliah Webber

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Posted June 17, 2020

I’ll Believe Y’all Are Serious About Black Lives Mattering When You Send More of Our Kids to College Instead of Prison

I’m hearing a lot of people now all “rah-rah” for Black lives mattering. Meanwhile, I’m over here rolling my eyes at it all because to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 8, 2020

Q&A: Zakiya Sankara-Jabar on Why Now Is the Perfect Time for #SeekingChildJustice

“I want to protect my children from the system that destroyed my parents.” That’s Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Director of Activism at brightbeam, my new colleague…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 5, 2020

America Has to Take Its Knees Off the Neck of Public Education, Too

By now, the image of George Floyd pinned to the ground with the knees of a murderous cop who the public trusted to serve and…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 20, 2020

We Know Mississippi Can Improve Its Schools, If Only Our Leaders Would Get On Board

The state of Mississippi is often the butt of many jokes revolving around intelligence and education—or lack thereof. These jokes don’t happen for no reason;…

By Mia Parker

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Posted Mar. 9, 2020

Kids Who Aren’t Well-Served in Traditional Settings Aren’t Troublemakers, They’re the Key to Real Change

Too often, education leaders think of schools and programs serving students who have gaps in their education, who are early parents, who are incarcerated or…

By Hailly T.N. Korman, Andrew J. Rotherham

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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