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Posted July 7, 2021

Sha’Carri Richardson Was Tossed Out of the Olympics the Same Way Black Kids Are Tossed Out of Public Schools

Sha’Carri Richardson is the newest poster child for the obstacles every Black person in America faces—especially in the public school system. Let me get this…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 17, 2021

We Celebrate Juneteenth Whether It’s a Federal Holiday or Not, Now Give Us Something Tangible

This making Juneteenth a federal holiday is some gaslighting shit if I’ve ever seen it. And I can feel some of y’all reading this and…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 2, 2021

Public Schools and Parents Can Work Together to Create Lasting Solutions for Students

I’ve been a public school teacher for nine years, which is more than long enough to become familiar with the imperfections of the system. From…

By Isis Spann

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Posted Mar. 18, 2021

How Public Schools Fail to Recognize Black Prodigies

Amid numerous articles about how Black students lag behind others in educational achievement, occasionally you may hear about a young Black “prodigy” who got accepted into college at an early…

By Donna Y. Ford

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Posted Feb. 4, 2021

Schools Haven’t Figured It Out, So Give Money to the Parents. We Need It.

Whether you support your state’s reopening plans or not, the reality is families locked out of learning for nearly a year are getting fed up.…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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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 Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 17, 2020

Let’s Be Honest About School Choice

School choice strawmen are a formidable army that thinking people have yet to defeat. Nevertheless, we must keep trying. As a reader who casually consumes…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 12, 2020

Mr. Biden, Will You Stand Up for Every Child, or Just Be Another Politician?

Dear Mr. President-elect Biden,  You have given us all a welcomed message: I pledge to be a president who does not see red or blue states,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 30, 2020

School Boards Have Too Much Power They Aren’t Using to Fix Education

Considered me triggered. Again. This past Sunday my 8 Black Hands crew did a show on the missing importance of school boards, and then this article pops…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 9, 2021

I Hope My Black Students Will Become Educators Too

This is the note. This is the note. Mr. Walters, my middle school choir teacher, took his love of music and teaching music seriously. He…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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