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Posted May 19, 2017

A Letter to Betsy DeVos About My Student Loans

Dear Secretary DeVos, You and I have a lot in common. We’re both from the great state of Michigan and have the same Michigan accent.…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted July 23, 2015

College for All: I Learned It the Hard Way

We all have regrets about actions taken or not taken, opportunities we bypassed, things we did not consider important but actually were. We attempt to…

By André-Tascha G. R. Lammé

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Posted Feb. 13, 2015

Opting In: I’m a Parent Who Supports Testing

There’s been a lot on news coverage as of late about parents opting their kids out of state assessments that are based on the Common…

By Greg Harris

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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