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As We Celebrate Our Physical Freedom This Juneteenth, the Fight for Educational Freedom Continues

Saturday is Freedom Day! A day of liberation and celebration for African Americans, establishing their right to design their own lives.  Though President Lincoln signed an Executive Order—The Emancipation Proclamation— freeing enslaved people on January 1, 1863, it would not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. Those defending...

When the Neighborhood School and Homeschooling Didn’t Work for My Daughter, This Charter School Did

Eleven years ago, my daughter came into my life. I looked down into her little face and made a commitment that I would do whatever is in my power to give her the best life possible. At first, I was just worried about getting her to sleep through the night and...

Pharrell Williams’ New Private School Will Serve Low-Income Students at No Cost

This month, Pharrell Williams joined the club of Black celebrities who’ve launched K-12 schools. YELLOWHAB, a new network of private schools in Norfolk, Virginia, will serve lower-income students at no cost. Pharrell’s choice to use his brand, influence, and resources to create private schools will give him 100% autonomy...

It Was a Kindergarten Teacher, Not Doctors, Who Helped With Our Son’s Autism

Autism is such a complex word. I never thought it would be a part of my life. My first born baby changed my life. I became a mom, and experienced LOVE like I never had before. Like most moms, my baby instantly became my everything. I knew being a mom...

Not All Parents Are Ready to Cancel Remote Learning in the Fall

It’s no secret that the phrase “remote learning” is synonymous with frustration for many families who have been dealing with Zoom class horror stories and Google project pandemonium for over a year. But for others, the reverse Pandora’s box of remote instruction has ushered in a powerful new vision...

How to Find an Online Private School That Works for Your Family

Choosing an online private school gives families so much flexibility to do things like move overseas or launch a career as an artist or athlete. But how do you find the right one for your student? Coming prepared with a set of questions will help you find an online...

Let’s Commit to Letting Our Students Get Carried Away

All teachers, I hope, have these stories: Instead of the two-page paper you asked for, a student hands in 10 pages. Instead of reading a chapter, a student stays up all night and reads the whole book. Instead of showing up with one discussion question, as they were expected to...

Bookmonsters Offers Helpful and Important Advice For Parents, But Here’s What It Won’t Tell You

There is no shortage of reading material on what parents can do to help their children learn to read. For some useful information, Natalie Wexler has authored "The Knowledge Gap" as well as a blog and articles in the Atlantic and Forbes.  Alas, well-meaning yet ill-informed parents continue to get...

Parents Should Be Able to Choose the Learning Environments That Best Align With Their Children’s Needs

It’s all about the children. Adults can debate education policy endlessly, but at the end of the day, we need to remember that learning institutions share the same purpose: to educate children and make sure their needs are met. Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, I attended traditional public schools, and...

COVID Helped Us Find the School That Was the Best Fit for Our Family

When it comes to school choice, you can do weeks or even years of research, whittle your choice down to one ideal school, and believe your child’s education is on a planned trajectory. That is, until pandemonium strikes in a once-in-a-century pandemic. What can I say about Covid? One moment...