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Diversity

Black History Is American History and Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As a Minnesotan, February is a signal that the warmth of spring is so close yet so far away (seriously, last Thursday the high was two degrees!). And as someone deeply committed to fighting for...

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Special Education

Children With Disabilities Have Civil Rights, Too

When we think of legally segregated and unequal schools, we usually think of the Jim Crow system of “Black and White” schools. Most of us know from our social studies classes, that the United States...

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Charter Schools

Minnesota's Bill Wilson Walked His Talk About Improving Schools for Families. Now It's Our Turn.

Nothing stopped Bill Wilson. From the time he was bused past three schools because he was African American, to the day he was told it was “not his turn” to run for city council, to the more than 20...

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Diversity

If You're Serious About Equity, Prove It by Including Leaders of Color at Your School

When I graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree in school leadership, I was confident I would quickly be hired as an administrator. I met all the requirements...

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Achievement Gap

I Don’t Want to Hear Another Argument About How Charter Schools Are Killing Public Schools

Dear America, Please don't bother my community with anti-charter school arguments in 2020. That's unless you're willing to get involved with majority-Black attended public schools in your town or...

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Achievement Gap

I'll Believe Chicago Is Progressive When We Close the Gaps for Black and Brown Kids

Shame on it all! In a new report, “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunities for All,” brightbeam (the umbrella org for Education...

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