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Posted July 12, 2016

School Reformers Cannot Ignore the Life and Death Issues Black People in America Face

In recent months, notable people within school reform circles have locked horns over a trifling question: Does the inclusion of social justice activists, people derided…

By Chris Stewart

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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 Jan. 6, 2016

A Teacher Changed My Life, Now I Want to Do That For Others

I’m student teaching now which means my days are about learning to walk as a teacher, while also thinking about my practice, craft and learnings. It’s natural for me to think about role models, those teachers who really made a difference in my life. That’s easy. Jan Mandell was the one teacher who made a huge impact on my success. She was my theater teacher at St. Paul Central High School who made the difference between my staying in…

By Khulia Pringle

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Teacher-Led Schools: A Rare Point of Agreement for District, Union and Charter Advocates

When people who sometimes strongly disagree find something significant they like, it’s worth noting. One of those ideas drew more than 200 educators from 23…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted Nov. 6, 2015

A Plea From St. Paul: Push Forward on Racial Equity In Our Schools

There were more eyes on this year’s St. Paul School Board race than any board election I can remember, and for good reason: The district…

By Sarah Knappmiller Hunter

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Posted Oct. 30, 2015

If You Can’t Teach My Black Children, Admit It and Move On

Every morning I woke up and got my kids dressed ready for school. They knew I was serious as a heart attack when it comes to…

By Khulia Pringle

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Posted May 13, 2019

It Cost Nearly $250K to Teach My Son to Read. Here’s How to Do Better for Less.

My formerly illiterate fourth-grade son is now an eighth-grader at The Windward School for Children with Dyslexia, where he learned to read. Next year, he…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted May 15, 2019

I Have Stage IV Lung Cancer But I Couldn’t Imagine Not Being in the Classroom

I always thought I’d be a professional baseball player. It was everything that ever mattered to me—even if I couldn’t play, I knew I wanted…

By Stephen Huff

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Posted May 15, 2019

How My Charter School Helped Me Get a Diploma, Job and Start College After Incarceration

I’m 36 years old. For roughly 15 years of my life, I struggled with an addiction to meth. My addiction throughout those years had several…

By Joshua Michael Baker

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