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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

As a First-Generation College Student I Need a Lot More Than Financial Aid

I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted July 27, 2017

Stop Telling Students They Need to Leave ‘The Hood’ to Be Successful

“¡Mija, ya vamonos! Es hora de ir a la escuela.” I quickly shoved my notebook into my blue Jansport backpack, careful to not widen the hole…

By Desiree Martinez

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017

We Don’t Need Any More Allies. We Need Accomplices in the Fight for Justice.

@MsPackyetti "Allies take up space; accomplices take up risk." #SummitX #UNDENIABLE — SFER (@SFERnational) March 5, 2017 This month, I had the absolute pleasure to…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted July 8, 2016

I Didn’t Need the 1% to Tell Me Schools Need Reforming, As a Black Urban Parent I Already Knew

It’s always funny when I get to the part about supporting school reform. As an organizer working with parents who have struggled like I have…

By Khulia Pringle

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Posted Mar. 16, 2016

Coffee Break: SFER’s Siena Ruggeri on Human Potential, the Power of Belief, and the Splendor of Colorado

The needs of students should be at the center of any discussion about public education. All sides of the debate agree on that. But how…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 5, 2016

I Didn’t Think College Would Be My Path But These Tips Helped

There are a lot of preconceived notions when it comes to education. One of them is that only a teacher is responsible for providing students…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Stop Talking As If My People Are The Problem, and You’re The Solution

Years of ribbing by older cousins has given me a thick skin that helps the daily work I do with middle school students. But this thick skin, my shield, has a few weak points. As a New Orleans native and educator living in North Carolina, I take hits to my armor in the form of poorly-written, misinformed opinion pieces about “less fortunate, urban” children in the states that I call home. When I happen across a tilted article about my…

By Malaika Hankins

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

Don’t Believe the Hype: Standardized Tests Are Good for Children, Families and Schools

A major effort is underway to cut back on standardized testing because many, including President Obama and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, argue that too many…

By Latasha Gandy

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Posted Oct. 21, 2015

Part 2 of Jeremy Knight Interview: A Matter of Life and Death

Justin Cohen, education writer currently working on his first book, talks to Jeremy Knight, of Students for Education Reform. Knight explains how his experiences cause his perspective to differ from "reform orthodoxy." In this second part of the conversation, Knight talks about what "winning" looks like and how to do more of it. One thing that I’ve noticed is that, for some people, being involved in education reform feels like having really…

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Posted Oct. 19, 2015

SFER’s Knight Tells Justin Cohen How to Make Reform Stick

Justin Cohen, an education writer working on his first book, shares the first part of an interview he did with Jeremy Knight of Students For Education Reform (SFER). Jeremy breaks from what Cohen calls "reform orthdoxy" based on his own personal experiences and explains the importance of organizing communities for the long term instead of the short term. If reform is happening to a community, and not with a community, nine times out of 10 it…

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Posted May 21, 2019

Here’s One Thing You Can Do Right Now to Defend the Rights of Black Families in California

I don’t know about you, but I can’t just sit by and watch. It’s time for action. The latest battleground in the national war on…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 20, 2019

In 2016 I Gave Money to the Bernie Campaign. Now I’ll Be Damned If I Give a Single Penny.

In 2016, I gave money to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. It was and remains the first and only time I have ever given a…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 21, 2019

They’re Trying to Ban Charter Schools in California. Here’s Why That Matters.

About two years ago this time I had to write an explainer piece when the NAACP pushed for a moratorium on public charter schools. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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