Laquan McDonald

Posted Jan. 12, 2018

My Grandmother Who Escaped Nazis Told Me to Always Speak Up. So, I’m Calling Out Racist Teachers.

My grandmother escaped the Nazis three days before they invaded Prague while much of her family did not. En route to America she and her…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted July 13, 2016

When Young Kids See Real People Getting Shot and Dying on TV

When I was 5 years old, my family gathered around our black-and-white TV in the living room and watched a cowboy movie. One guy shot…

By Marilyn Rhames

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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 Dec. 1, 2015

High School Students Weigh in on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Speech Before Release of Laquan MacDonald Video

Ray Salazar, also know as The White Rhino, is a Latino English teacher in Chicago Public Schools who has penned a blog for Chicago Now about how he and his class analyzed and judged Mayor Emanuel's speech in the lead up to the release of the Laquan MacDonald video. He chose to move away from the "recommended" lesson provided by CPS and instead chose to work with a primary text, in this case, a city leader's speech. This is a fascinating and…

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Is There Anywhere a Black Youth Can Be Counted as a Real Person?

Last night I did something I promised myself I would not do. I watched the tragic dashcam video in which a Chicago police officer fires…

By Christopher Butler

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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 July 16, 2019

Here’s Why President Trump’s Tweets About ‘The Squad’ Are Nothing New for Black Women in Education

On Sunday, the 45th president of the United States told four congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries from which they came.  ….and…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted July 17, 2019

These Award-Winning Teachers Say to Close the Detention Centers and Bring the Children to Our Classrooms

This post is an open letter to the Trump administration, signed by 45 former State Teachers of the Year and the 1,840 members of Teachers…

By Ivonne Orozco, Mandy Manning, Heidi Crumrine

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Posted July 12, 2019
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We’ve Never Seen a Public School System Work for All Kids, But We Have to Believe We Can Build One

The other day I watched the documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality.  Now if you don’t know who Bryan Stevenson is, you should…

By Tanesha Peeples

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