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Posted Aug. 24, 2018

‘America to Me’ Director Steve James on Having a Real Conversation About Race in Schools

Two summers ago, I wrote an essay called “The challenges of being a black Principal in today’s racial and political climate.” It was a reflection…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Apr. 2, 2018

School Segregation Is No Accident and This Writer Says It’s Because of Our Racist Housing Policies

America’s public schools today are more segregated than at any time in the last half century and government housing policies are largely to blame, says…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

The Racial Achievement Gap Can’t Be Fixed With a #BlackLivesMatter Sign in Your Yard

“How can I be sexist? I have a mother, a wife and daughters!” If you’re a woman reading that sentence, you almost certainly won’t have…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

This Is What Being a Non-Racist White Person Really Looks Like

First, let’s get something straight: The current bar for being a “good, non-racist White person” is set way too low. Here’s what it looks like…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017

How I Got 350 People to See “Hidden Figures” For Free in 4 Days

Like so many Black women, I was excited about the movie “Hidden Figures.” My enthusiasm skyrocketed when I got a letter from Trinity United Church…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 20, 2016

Our Schools Need Social Justice Warriors, Not Status-Quo Embracers

As we dive head first into this school year, I urge teachers, parents and leaders to think deeply about the mission of schooling and the…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

I Just Couldn’t Trust a Diverse Suburb With My Black Daughter’s Education

People loosely use the term “good schools and diversity” without looking into it or researching what that means. When you get below the surface, it…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015

Mired in Averageness: What Will It Take, Suburban Schools?

Parents pay dearly for the privilege of living within the boundaries of Chicago suburban schools such as Barrington High and Naperville Central. Both are ranked…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 27, 2015

Support the Student Who Decides ‘College Isn’t For Me’

Cierra Ford came to dread the inevitable question asked of all high school seniors this time of year: “Where are you going to college?” It…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 18, 2015

My College Top Five

All the things that we spent so much time stressing about since ninth grade don’t seem so important right now. The all-consuming ACT and SAT…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Jan. 26, 2021

We Need To Know if the Biden Administration Is Really With and For Us

Before taking a much needed vacation at the end of last year, I wrote a piece talking about how education for Black kids cannot look…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 27, 2021

AOC Is Tutoring a First Grader

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is highlighting an old, but never out of fashion, kind of public service: Tutoring kids.  The second-term congresswoman tweeted that…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Jan. 26, 2021

Families Have School Options, We Just Don’t Spell Them Out in Plain English

Over my 15 years of working in education, I have grown to appreciate that parents are far more savvy, knowledgeable, and resourceful than policy wonks…

By Andrew Campanella

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