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When Home Is Not Safe, Why Some Children Need a Brick and Mortar School

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

Even During a Crisis, Every Child Deserves Access to a Quality Education

The debate over whether kids should go back to school this fall has, unfortunately, become heavily partisan. Many have criticized the Trump...

Critical Race Theory May Be Important to Me But It Won’t Teach my Students to Read

I recently listened to a conversation between educator Jasmine Lane (@MsJasmineMN) and brightbeam CEO Chris Stewart (@citizenstewart) that got me thinking about...

Schools Late to Consider Parent Input on Reopening Plans

Yesterday, my local school district hosted a virtual “Community Chat on the Reopening of Schools” for parents.  Aside from...

Irshad Manji: White Fragility Is Not the Answer. Honest Diversity Is.

Last year, an organization that promotes dialogue invited two authors to hold a “respectful exchange” about racism. I was one of them. The...

White Progressives Have a Lot of Work to Do, and I’m Not Here to Help

When I ran for school board it was former Minneapolis mayor who was the first elected official to endorse me. She asked...

Back to School? “No Thanks” Say Millions of New Homeschooling Parents

With dehumanizing COVID-19 restrictions awaiting students at schools, many parents are opting to keep on homeschooling. Next month...

Here’s Why Our Kids Need to Get Back to Class

It’s now July and one-half of the year is behind us.  That half was filled with Australian wildfires, presidential impeachments and subsequent...