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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform school discipline practices and eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline. …

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 13, 2018

DeVos Will Recommend the Removal of Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Any day now we’re going to hear the news that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are removing guidance meant to reduce…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

Transgender Students Are Next Up in the Trump Administration’s Threat to Roll Back Civil Rights Protections

Imagine with me: One early morning my son Jonah lopes through the high school halls, high-fiving students from the marching band and volunteer “buddies” from…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Arne Duncan’s New Book Made Me Feel Awful But You Should Totally Read It

I just finished hate-reading Arne Duncan’s book, “How Schools Work.” I didn’t hate the book, but for so many reasons, I really hated reading it.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Let’s just call her Betsy DeVoid. Our secretary of education earns a name-change because of her predilection for voiding guidance that protects our most disenfranchised…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 31, 2018

Nick Didn’t Need Another Suspension. He Needed to Know I Loved and Believed in Him.

Nick was a sixth-grader who, before joining my classroom, had been suspended from several of his previous schools. He is easy to pick out in…

By Kathleen Campbell

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already had…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted July 2, 2018

DeVos Is Stripping Away Civil Rights Protections for Students With Special Needs

I’m detecting a trend. Recently, The Atlantic ran a piece that catalogues the Trump administration’s disregard of civil rights protections for Americans (and aspiring Americans)…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 30, 2018

Nice to See the Right and the Left Agree on Something, Too Bad They’re Both Wrong

Two former U.S. secretaries of education, Margaret Spellings, who served under President George W. Bush, and Arne Duncan, who served under President Barack Obama, think…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 26, 2018

If We Really Want to Make Schools Safe, We Need to Build Community

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently assembled a school safety commission that will explore the need to repeal guidance that helps schools discipline students without discriminating.…

By Teresa Fenske

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Posted Oct. 23, 2020

The Presidential Election Ain’t the Only Thing We Have to Worry About, We Must #VoteLocal

Alright, Black people—let’s push past Ice Cube’s meeting with Trump and 50 Cent’s declaration supporting his reelection. Yes we love hot tea and messiness from…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 26, 2020

Rev. Sharpton: Education Problems Are a ‘Five-Alarm’ Fire

Now would be a good time to listen to Rev. Al Sharpton. You didn’t see that coming. Me, of all people, pointing to a left-of-center…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 23, 2020

Khaliah Fitchett on Going From Handcuffs to Running for Congress

One afternoon in March 2010, Khaliah Fitchette, a 16-year-old student at Newark’s University High School, was riding home on a NJ Transit bus with her…

By Laura Waters

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