educational justice

Here's What the Milford 11 Have to Teach Us About the Roots of Critical Race Theory

Back in 2018, I ran across a story from the 1950s that seemed to illuminate some of the ugly political fights we were living through. True to the zeitgeist, I made a podcast episode about it. And...

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Implicit bias

Here's How We Got Educating Black Kids Wrong Again in the 2010s

Congratulations, America! You’ve once again managed to provide the shittiest public education for Black students and families. So as we close out this decade and enter a new year, I’ve taken the...

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low income

The System Is Winning. For Now.

It must have been mortifying for Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren to have a loud group of Black parents—mostly mothers and grandmothers—shout her down at a campaign stop that was...

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California

There's Room in the NAACP to Talk About the Importance of School Choice for Black Parents

I was recently the subject of a hit piece in the Huffington Post, which tried to connect me to the Koch brothers because, as a volunteer in my local NAACP branch in a low-income community in...

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California

Do I Really Have to Defend Civil Rights Activists From the NAACP?

For months, I’ve struggled internally with blasting the NAACP for its stance on charter schools. To chastise an advocacy organization that has been instrumental in progressing equality for Black...

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California

In Everything We Do, We Must Ask, 'How Are the Children?'

With so many pressing issues that threaten our planet, our elections, and our major institutions, why do I live and breathe education activism? For me the answer is simple. The education of America’s...

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