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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 Mar. 18, 2019

Trump Isn’t Just Cutting the Education Budget, He Wants Schools to Pay for the Wall

Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump’s wall. Your children will. And your children’s children will pay the interest, as will their children—and perhaps the…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

As Long as There’s White Privilege, We’re Going to Need Affirmative Action

Affirmative action: For years, some people have balked at it, while others have been actively trying to dismantle it. But we need to embrace it,…

By Letisha Marrero

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Posted Mar. 19, 2019

Don’t Like Who’s on the School Board Ballot? Run.

With headlines dominated by news of 2020 presidential candidates, it’s easy to forget that there are elections happening across the country in 2019. But in…

By Aviva Rosman, Lea Crusey

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