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Posted May 11, 2018

Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Should Be Taught in Every Classroom

This is America. Whenever I have read or heard that phrase, it is followed by another bold phrase, or statement. This is America. Land of…

By James Miles

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Posted June 22, 2017

How Do We Support Black Male Students? Start by Acting on Their Feedback

While 85 percent of White students in Seattle earn a high school diploma each year, only 65 percent of African-American students in the district earn…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

Walter Chen Is Building a Charter School That Reflects the Diversity of the Community

Walter Chen, the founding principal of a new Green Dot public middle school set to open in south Seattle this fall, has a pretty simple…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016

America’s Students Have to Be the Hope We Can Believe In

I went through all of high school and most of college with President Barack Obama. I am part of a micro-generation of Americans whose notions…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Oct. 4, 2016

This School Canceled a Celebration of Black Men, But They Showed Up Anyway

An extraordinary event called “Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative” was planned at South Seattle’s John Muir Elementary to publicly declare that Black Lives…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted June 30, 2016

How I Stumbled on the Real Power of Student Voice

Here’s a conundrum. The purpose of schools is to educate students. But students have little to no input in their education. Now, I actually did…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Oct. 21, 2015

Calling Out PBS NewsHour on the Facts About Standardized Testing

On October 20, PBS NewsHour aired a segment by Gwen Ifill that profiled Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian, who is leading a boycott of the Smarter…

By Will Ragland

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Posted Sep. 16, 2015

Seattle Teachers Are Back in Business, But at What Cost?

In great news for students (and parents, let’s be honest), Seattle teachers and their district have reached an agreement and both teachers and students will…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

Lily, Tell the Truth. This Strike Is Not for Kids.

Lily Eskelsen García, in her role as the NEA president, has told a lie. She asserts that the decision by Seattle’s school teachers to go…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 2, 2020

We Don’t Recognize America’s Independence Day Over Here in Wakanda

“Independence Day” is upon us. But Black fam’, before we get geeked to partake in such traditions as backyard barbecues and celebratory fireworks commemorating a…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 2, 2020

Seriously, Betsy? The Civil Rights Act

On Friday U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement celebrating the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, passed in 1957 by a Republican-controlled…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is hot, my stomach churns. My…

By Nahliah Webber

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