Gwen Samuel

Posted May 22, 2019

Black Leaders, We Need You to Break Your Silence of Complicity and Protect the Educational Choice of Black Parents for Their Children

This is the moment in time when Black leaders must decide how committed they are—or are not—to the education of Black and Brown children. This…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Oct. 19, 2018

Black Communities Everywhere Should Be Stepping Up Like This for Our Kids and Schools

Outrage: “Whites Only” Seats The Connecticut Supreme Court made a ruling in Sheff v. O’Neill that was supposed to integrate schools. Instead, it capped the…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 11, 2018

Kanye Is Wrong About a Lot of Things But He Might Be Right About This

Outrage: The Constitution Doesn’t Care About Black People I think Kanye is suffering from that middle child syndrome where he feels like he’s not getting…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 4, 2018

Hope and Outrage: Put Some ‘Respek’ on ALL of Dr. King’s Dreams

Outrage: Martin Had a Dream Today, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination by memorializing his work and his life. But is this…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 2, 2018

Education Reform in 2018 Is Going to Need a Parent Seal of Approval

A few years ago, at a convening of education advocates, one veteran in the reform movement highlighted the lack of racial diversity in the room…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 2, 2018

She Goes Into Battle Every Day to Fight for Better, Safer Schools in Connecticut

There is a warrior for children in Connecticut who battles day after day, year after year, on their behalf. She fights for better schools. She…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 25, 2017

Rev. Al Sharpton, Let’s Talk About Your ‘Sister’ Randi

“Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence…to alienate humans from their own decision…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted July 6, 2017

This Is Why the Oppressed Can’t Get No Sleep

While many were celebrating the Fourth of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Oct. 20, 2016

Black Parents Don’t Have Time for a Charter vs. Traditional Schools Debate

Black parents have enough to worry about just by virtue of having a Black child. We worry about our Black babies’ safety every day when…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Apr. 25, 2016

Arresting Parents Misses the Point

Gwen Samuel, parent activist and founder of the Connecticut Parents Union, asks why so many Connecticut parents feel the need to escape the schools in their own zip code and calls out the unlawful arrest of one Mom for doing just that.  Samuel also highlights the painful truth that parents are put in an almost impossible situation when the law requires them to send their children to school, even when their assigned school is of low quality…

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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