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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 4, 2020

Some Kids Need a Brick and Mortar School. I Know Because I Was One of Them.

The most terrifying and dangerous experiences I had as a child were at home. I am not alone. My mother battled demons and heard voices,…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted July 22, 2020

Educators Know the Challenges We Face Reopening Schools, So Listen to Them

I feel the need to admit that I am penning this piece after a heated phone call with a friend who is a teacher leader.…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 16, 2020

We Deserve Better Than Betsy DeVos and Her White Privilege Plan to Reopen Schools

My family was supposed to move back South this summer. That was the plan as soon as we left back in 2017.  I will never…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted July 15, 2020

NYC Schools, Now’s the Time to Show Your Support for Immigrant Students and Families

This school year was challenging for all of us, including our immigrant students and families. As New York City became the national epicenter of COVID-19…

By Vanessa Luna, Marleny De la Cruz

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Posted July 10, 2020

Black Lives Don’t Matter to Trump and DeVos. That’s Why They’re in a Hurry to Send Our Kids Back to School.

A few weeks ago, I watched my good friend’s nephew jump and tussle around on a trampoline with his friends at his eighth birthday party.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 13, 2020

I Can’t Imagine Not Being Able to ‘Dap Up’ My Students Next School Year

Handshakes are a deeply ingrained part of our society, and they play an important role in daily life. Handshakes, or one of their various cultural…

By Mark Gudgel

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Posted May 12, 2020

Students Who Are Homeless Need Us Now More Than Ever. And It Starts at the Top.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, public schools identified 1.5 million children and youth experiencing homelessness. Tom*, a high school senior in York County, PA, was one…

By Barbara Duffield

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Posted Apr. 27, 2020

The Most Important Resource I Can Offer My Students Right Now Is Access to Me

When Texas Governor Greg Abbott shuttered schools for the rest of the academic year, the first person I thought of was one of my first-grade…

By Eric Hale

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Posted Apr. 17, 2020

I Used to Like Dr. Oz, But Now He’s Coming for the Children

Dr. Mehmet Oz says we need our mojo back! This week he appeared on “The Sean Hannity Show” to pontificate a possible plan for the…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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Posted Oct. 23, 2020

The Presidential Election Ain’t the Only Thing We Have to Worry About, We Must #VoteLocal

Alright, Black people—let’s push past Ice Cube’s meeting with Trump and 50 Cent’s declaration supporting his reelection. Yes we love hot tea and messiness from…

By Tanesha Peeples

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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 Oct. 30, 2020

With Remote Learning, The Issues Go Deeper Than Lack of Internet

Right now—literally, as I’m sitting here typing—I’m watching my friend toggle between distance learning with her son and responding to work emails. It’s the most…

By Tanesha Peeples

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