Freddie Gray

Posted Apr. 5, 2021

Following the Chauvin Trial Is Traumatic. Don’t Turn Away.

When we bear witness, when we become the situation—homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death—the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about what…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 16, 2016

How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco this week. Initially, people chuckled…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Let’s Be Honest, None of This Would Have Happened to My White Son

If a white mother of three in the suburbs, like me, is tired of hearing stories and watching footage of (young) black men being brutalized…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 19, 2015

VIDEO: DeRay Mckesson on Why Blackness Is Not a Weapon

How does a former teacher and school administrator go from joining the Ferguson, Missouri, protests just over a year ago (after the police shooting of…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted May 22, 2015

I Love the Thought of Leaving Baltimore, But It’s Finally Starting to Feel Like Home

For the past two years, I have been counting down the days until I am free. Ever since my brother had a gun pointed at…

By Glory Aganze Barongozi

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Posted May 4, 2015

Without Justice, School Reform Is Not Enough

Those of us who work in education reform realize getting young people into better schools is one way to improve lives and change communities. We…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015

I Am Your Black Friend Who Grew Up in Sandtown-Winchester

Fire is a gift from the gods, but it’s still hard to watch your neighborhood burn. There was no CVS on the corner of Pennsylvania…

By Derrell Bradford

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015

‘The Other Baltimore’

“The Other Baltimore.” I just heard Dan Rodricks, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun, use that phrase on CNN this morning. The concept of “other”…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

By Laura Waters

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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 Apr. 7, 2021

We Have No Idea What This Year Has Been Like for Our Kids

One year ago, my now-kindergartener left his bustling and diverse transitional kindergarten classroom with sensory learning areas designed for academic and social skills development to…

By Sonya Heisters

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