In ratifying a resolution to issue a moratorium on charter schools, the NAACP — despite its storied history of defending the civil rights of black and brown people in America — has made the same mistake that the majority has made about us for years: Assuming (wrongly) that black folks are a monolith. But I’m here to let you know:
You can be black. You can be proud. And you can be in support of school choice.Read more
In his historic and sweeping decision on Connecticut’s broken school funding system, Judge Thomas Moukawsher announced something we have been shouting from the rooftops for years – many of Connecticut’s kids are not getting the education they deserve and was promised to them under law. They’re languishing. Their rights are being violated. It’s unconstitutional, it’s unfair and finally it seems people have woken up and are taking notice.Read more
Mientras celebramos el Mes de Herencia Hispana, les pido que piensen en lo que esto realmente significa. Específicamente, quiero que piensen en los miles de latinos jóvenes que ahora están en nuestras escuelas aprendiendo un idioma nuevo, un sistema de educación nuevo y una cultura nueva.Read more
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As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m asking you to think about what that actually means. Specifically, I want you to think about the thousands of young Latinos who are in our schools right now, learning a new language, a new educational system, and a new culture.Read more
The NAACP has always stood for hope, promise, equality and a brighter future. But now it stands in the way of those very things.
A proposed moratorium on charter schools is putting the NAACP at odds with hundreds of thousands of Black families around the country who have demanded a better education and a better future for their children.Read more
Two years ago, five brave families from Western New York made history, fighting for their children and for tens of thousands of children just like them across New York State who are being treated unfairly and unconscionably.Read more
As the fight for economic and educational justice continues, an important lawsuit on equitable funding for charter-school students is moving through New York’s courts and faces a critical moment.
The case is being heard upstate but its outcome will affect every charter-school student in Harlem, Brooklyn, The Bronx and across the state.Read more
I recently witnessed a miracle.
I was in a performing arts hall in the center of downtown Hartford, Connecticut earlier this summer and I watched an entire graduating class of seniors – made up entirely of students of color – walk across a stage, tell the story of their high school experience, and hold up a t-shirt of the college or university they’ll be attending this fall.
That’s right – the entire graduating class of Achievement First Hartford High is going to college.Read more
There’s a lot to be optimistic about in Buffalo. The city is on the cusp of a cultural renaissance, businesses and the state are investing here, and more and more people are choosing to live here – many returning after years away.
But that doesn’t mean all our problems have disappeared. We still have an educational system that fails thousands of students every year, most of them students of color. If we want to fix this problem, it’s absolutely critical we work together.Read more
I am a proud native of the great city of Buffalo. I was born here, raised here and educated by Buffalo public schools. I went to school at a time when kids enjoyed going to school. We all desired to succeed, and the support was there to ensure our success. Unfortunately, looking at today’s educational landscape, it feels like this is no longer our reality.
When I look at our beautiful city I see hope and promise. However, the reality of our educational system and the continued failure of our students have cast a horrible dark cloud on Buffalo’s future.Read more