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Posted Apr. 29, 2020

Here’s How We Can Keep This Crisis From Digging Even Wider Educational Divides

I am a former school leader and a current educational strategist who works with charter leaders from all across New Orleans. Together, we have been…

By Jawan Brown-Alexander

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Posted Feb. 3, 2020

Black Principals Matter

As we embark on Black History Month, it is important to illuminate the salience of high-quality leaders of color in schools across the country. Nationwide,…

By Meredith B.L. Anderson

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

Black Boys With Dyslexia Need Love and Learning, Not Shame and Prison

As a young boy, I wasn’t a bad person. I feared going into the classroom because I couldn’t read. Had someone intervened in third or…

By Ameer Baraka

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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

If We Really Want to Change Our Schools, We Need to Get Real About What’s Happening in Them

Thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina and the reunification of all schools under the governing of Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), we are still having conversations…

By Dana Wade, Latoya Douglas

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Posted Nov. 30, 2018

Time to Recognize That the Black Education Movement Is Growing and Isn’t Going Anywhere

Here’s the scene. There’s a movement of Black education advocates afoot. It’s built on the shoulders of the Black-led movements that preceded it, and it’s…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 17, 2018

How Kunjan Narechania Is Working to Deliver Autonomy, Accountability, Equity and Choice in New Orleans

This is the third in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted June 29, 2018

13 Years After Hurricane Katrina, My School Is Returning to Local Control

On July 1, the Recovery School District (RSD) will return control of our schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSD). The shift back is…

By Sharon Clark

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

Coffee Break: District Turnaround Expert Karen Hawley Miles Wants No Nonsense in Her Coffee and No Nonsense in Our Schools

Karen Hawley Miles is the president and executive director of Education Resource Strategies, Inc. (ERS), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that helps turn around low-performing school districts.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 3, 2018

We Knew the School Wasn’t Working for Our Kids So We Fixed It

There is something oddly beautiful about realizing that something isn’t right with education in your community. I have never been one to shine light on…

By Lamont Douglas

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Posted Dec. 22, 2017

Got Questions About Education Reform? I’ve Heard Them All.

As I travel around the country on a 24-city book tour, giving talks and meeting with education reform leaders and activists, I get a lot…

By David Osborne

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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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