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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 15, 2020

I See Humanity in ‘Full Bloom’ in My COVID-19 Classroom

I used to leave my phone at the front of the classroom in case of emergencies at home. Of course, I didn’t advertise its place…

By Daniel Parsons

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Posted Mar. 19, 2020

They Didn’t Have a Chance to Say Goodbye

I have spent the week having flashbacks to a Friday in 2001 when I sobbed in my classroom. It was the middle of March and…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 17, 2020

I’m Definitely No Expert on Homeschooling But Here’s How I’m Making It Through

I wish my kids loved to read. But they don’t. They don’t even like it very much. And this may present a challenge as we…

By Erika Sanzi

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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 Oct. 25, 2019

What You Think You Know About Restorative Justice Is Probably Wrong

On Monday, we ran a piece written by a mother whose experience with restorative justice was a horror story. Readers responded in large numbers to the piece,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

Is Andrew Yang the Only One Brave Enough to Speak the Truth About Our Public Schools?

Education voters—people for whom education is the issue that determines their vote— have been banging our heads against the wall forever during presidential campaigns. Sure,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 10, 2019

We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the oval office with President Obama to receive an…

By Jessica Waters

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Posted Sep. 3, 2019

The Three R’s of Parents Who Want to Raise Free Children

A parent’s power to determine the right to choose where, when and what their children learn is only one power among many that create what I call parental sovereignty—a concept I believe is rooted in three essential R’s: roles, responsibilities and rights. …

By Chris Stewart

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Posted May 7, 2021

Since Critical Race Theory Is Being Called ‘Indoctrination,’ Let’s Go There

I wanna have a heart to heart with my Black people real quick. Last week I found out Idaho passed a bill to ban the…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted May 10, 2021

You’d Think We Would Stop Paddling Kids in School but You’d Be Wrong

The state has our hands tied. Kids are disrespectful and defiant. There’s absolutely nothing we can do to punish them that bothers them except spank…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted May 10, 2021

The Pandemic Windfall Must Support Students’ Mental Health, Too

This fall, most students will return to school full time. But the kids are not alright.  Students’ return to the classroom comes after more than…

By Brandon Lewis

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