Graduation

Posted July 10, 2018

That’s Right, Kids, We’ve Totally Ruined the Country. Consider It a Gift.

This post generated a lot of thoughtful responses to which the author has written a reflection reconsidering his approach to race in this particular piece.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 6, 2018

Let’s Get Real About Graduating Kids, Not Gaming Grad Rates

“Tyrone” sat across from me, leaning forward with his hands wringing in anxiety as I stared blankly at my computer screen. Staring back at me…

By Sean Worley

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Posted May 30, 2018

Congratulations, Graduates! We Don’t Care About You at All.

Hello, class of 2018! Welcome to the last day of your K-12 education and the launch of your adult lives. I know that today is…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted May 29, 2018

I’m a Cambodian Kid From Compton and Because of My Mom, I Graduated From College

As a young man growing up on the East Side of Compton, California, I never quite understood my place in my community or society. I…

By Gold Chhim

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Posted May 22, 2018

Most of My Students Didn’t Know Any College Graduates But That’s Not Stopping Them From Going to College

“I can’t believe they picked me.” That’s what Keaton Hall, a senior at Uncommon Schools Rochester Prep High School, said to me on FaceTime when…

By Taylor Cook

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Posted May 8, 2018

How My School Helped Me Find My Way in America, Raise Two Children and Be the First in My Family to Graduate

I was born in Congo in 1994 in the war that killed 5 million people. My family migrated to Rwanda to a refugee camp where…

By Feza Immaculee

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Posted May 8, 2018

Separate But Equal Doesn’t Work, Except When We’re Talking Graduation Ceremonies

Dear White Elementary and High School Administrators: Did you see what happened at the University of Florida’s graduation ceremony on Saturday? Did you see that…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Chicago Isn’t Atlanta—Our Student Learning Gains Are Real and Lead the Nation

About a year ago, Stanford researcher Sean Reardon was digging deep into a 300-million-piece database he created, containing five years’ worth of state test scores…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Coffee Break: Sarah Duncan on How Chicago Is Solving the Dropout Problem

In a recent speech to the Council of Great City Schools, Bill Gates singled out Chicago’s Network for College Success (NCS) as an example of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 19, 2017

No More ‘Us’ and ‘Them.’ Just Great Schools. Period.

Walking through the hallways of Broome Street Academy Charter High School (BSA) in lower Manhattan, you get the sense that Head of School Barbara McKeon knows the…

By Jessica Mokhiber

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Posted Dec. 18, 2018

Trump and DeVos Should Know What It Means for Our Students of Color When They Remove Discipline Guidance

The 2014 federal school discipline guidance—which the Federal School Safety Commission today said should be scrapped—isn’t just about policy and data, it’s about Gee. This…

By Estella Owoimaha-Church

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Posted Dec. 13, 2018

DeVos Will Recommend the Removal of Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Any day now we’re going to hear the news that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are removing guidance meant to reduce…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 13, 2018

Stop Trying to ‘All Lives Matter’ the Black Struggle for Educational Justice

Outrage: White People Won’t Be Satisfied Until We Make Our Struggle About Them I get tired of people trying to “All Lives Matter” my advocacy—especially White…

By Tanesha Peeples

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