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Posted Aug. 8, 2019

When a Student Says, ‘The President Is Going to Take My Parents Away’

In my fourth-grade classroom in Houston, Texas, the morning after Election Day 2016 was quiet. As students filed into the classroom, I asked them to…

By Rosario Quiroz Villarreal

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

I’m an Education Advocate and That’s Why I Can’t (and Won’t) Sit Out the Immigration Fight

It can be tempting for education advocates to see immigration as a related, but not overlapping, issue. For folks accustomed to thinking about school funding…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted July 3, 2018

Because of Trump, My Students Are Returning to Their Native Country. We Can Do Better.

On the last day of school, sisters Sandy and Veronica, former students of mine, came to say goodbye. Sandy handed me flowers, a thank you…

By Mary-Margaret Mara

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Posted June 20, 2018

The Trump Administration Is Violating Everything We Know as Educators About How to Work With Families

“In the treatment of the child the world foreshadows its own future and faith. All words and all thinking lead to the child—to that vast…

By Steve Zimmerman, Shahara Jackson

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Posted May 24, 2018

Y’all Can Have Betsy DeVos, I’m Checking for Stacey Abrams

Outrage: As Long As Betsy’s In Charge, Kids Should Just Stop Going to School Once again, Betsy DeVos demonstrated this week her dangerous ignorance of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 24, 2018

Why Are White People So Afraid of Immigrant Kids?

Not long ago I was in Wilmington, Delaware—reporting another story—and I visited Academia Antonia Alonso, a two-way dual immersion charter school where over half the…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Mar. 22, 2018

I’m a DREAMer and I’m Just as American as Anyone Else

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, most commonly known as DACA, was rescinded. I cannot overstate the impact this announcement…

By Edy Pineda

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Students and Teachers Sound the Alarm on the End of DACA

Time is running out for Congress to do something about DACA protections for undocumented immigrants. If they fail to act on a long-term fix for…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

We Promise the American Dream, But What About These DREAMers?

Often, we speak of time as something we are in control of. Unfortunately, “I’ll do that next time,” or, “take your time,” aren’t options for…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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