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Posted Apr. 1, 2019

What It Feels Like to Lose One of the Two Black Teachers at Your School

Last week I got an email that one of my son’s two kindergarten teachers, Ms. Ashley, is starting her maternity leave and he’s getting a…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Jan. 25, 2019

School Choice Is Why I’ll Get Both a High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree at the Same Time

In my life, I’ve attended five different types of schooling options, and I will graduate with my associate’s degree before I complete my high school…

By Jessica Howard

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Posted Jan. 3, 2019

SAT Administrators Think It’s Impossible for This Black Girl to Have Raised Her Score by 300 Points

The number 22 stared me in the face. “Well, that’s as good as it’s gonna get, I guess,” I said with a shrug as I…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Oct. 17, 2018

My Middle School Students Can’t Vote, But They Think You Should

Government is not a static entity to be studied. It is a living, breathing being, which young people can learn to understand and influence. Never…

By John Tierney

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Posted Aug. 31, 2018

I’ve Never Been Quick to Call Someone Racist, But I’ve Had Enough of This ‘Monkey’ Business

Outrage: We’re Not Your Monkey, Nigger, Niggah or Nigga I want to believe that everyone who “accidentally” says, “nigga,” “niggah” or “nigger” because their favorite…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 23, 2018

Why Waste Time With School, Just Send Black Kids Right to Jail

Outrage: Just Send Black Kids Right to Jail Clinton Stanley Sr. couldn’t understand. “You deny a kid an education on his hair?” This was Clinton…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 2, 2018

I’m a Teacher in Florida and I’m Afraid of Going Back to School This Fall

I am a seventh-grade civics teacher at a public school in Dade County, Florida, and I am afraid to go back to teaching in the…

By Mayade Ersoff

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Posted July 31, 2018

How to Save Charter Schools From the Beatdown

There seems to be an organized assault on charter schools. Legal challenges, bureaucratic barriers and smear campaigns all work to destroy their reputation, deplete their…

By Lane Wright

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Posted July 27, 2018

Florida’s Poorest Students Are Among the Nation’s Highest Achieving, So Why Won’t DeVos Approve Their State Plan?

It looks like the feds are having a hard time figuring out what to do with Florida. After California and Utah’s education plans were approved…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 1, 2018

Here’s the One Thing We Just Can’t Agree on When It Comes to Schools

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you they want their child to go to a good school. But ask them what makes a good school,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 13, 2019

It Cost Nearly $250K to Teach My Son to Read. Here’s How to Do Better for Less.

My formerly illiterate fourth-grade son is now an eighth-grader at The Windward School for Children with Dyslexia, where he learned to read. Next year, he…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted May 15, 2019

I Have Stage IV Lung Cancer But I Couldn’t Imagine Not Being in the Classroom

I always thought I’d be a professional baseball player. It was everything that ever mattered to me—even if I couldn’t play, I knew I wanted…

By Stephen Huff

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Posted May 15, 2019

How My Charter School Helped Me Get a Diploma, Job and Start College After Incarceration

I’m 36 years old. For roughly 15 years of my life, I struggled with an addiction to meth. My addiction throughout those years had several…

By Joshua Michael Baker

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