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Posted Mar. 4, 2020

We Can Unify and Win Better Schools for Our Kids. Here’s How.

During my 33-year journey in public education, I’ve repeatedly experienced the power of unity in achieving desired student outcomes, especially since founding a charter public…

By Jacqueline Elliot

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Posted Dec. 18, 2019

There’s a Face Off Between Parents and Presidential Candidates, And It’s Way Bigger Than Charter Schools

In the words of the late, great Notorious B.I.G., “I’m going, going, back, back to Cali, Cali.” A year ago I told y’all a national…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 4, 2019

The Case for Supporting the Mental Health of Your Students

Four seniors at Ánimo Jackie Robinson—a Green Dot high school that opened to bring more high-quality, public education to historic South Central Los Angeles—chose to…

By Janneth Johnson

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Posted July 3, 2019

How We Can Empower Girls Through Sports

The U.S. Women’s National Team is making a high-profile run through the World Cup, but overall girls aren’t getting the same chances on the field…

By Chelsea Culbert

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Posted May 16, 2019

I Came to the U.S. at 13 and Now I’m Headed to UC Santa Barbara to Become a Mechanical Engineer

I was anxious, nervous and excited. At the age of 13, I was finally going to meet my mother. I was born in Los Angeles,…

By Leslie Marquez

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Posted Feb. 5, 2019

You Can Come for Me But I Grew Up in the Community I Fight For and I’m Not Playing Politics

Outrage: How Much Longer Are We Going to Make Excuses for This Sham Public Education System? Ain’t no hope this week. Just straight up outrage.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 25, 2019

I Almost Sided With the L.A. Teachers Union Until I Remembered They Weren’t Striking for Kids

Outrage: Teachers Strikes Aren’t for the Kids! This video about why teachers in L.A. were going on strike had me on the union’s side for…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 22, 2019

How ‘Oprah’ Reruns Helped My Dad Find the Right School for Me

I grew up in El Sereno, a low-income neighborhood near Los Angeles, and faced a difficult childhood. My mother was murdered when I was 6…

By Nicole Serrato

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Posted Oct. 15, 2018

I’ve Educated All Over North America and Now I’m Bringing That Experience to My Own Los Angeles School

Growing up it was difficult to escape discussions about education. Whether it was homework projects at the time or the future investments in my college…

By Grace Cruz

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Posted Aug. 29, 2018

This Isn’t the Time for a Teacher Strike in Los Angeles

On August 14, public schools in Los Angeles opened their doors to 700,000 wide-eyed students eager to learn. On August 23, the teachers union began…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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