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It’s about the 100% of Black Children: The 94 % in Traditional Schools AND the 6% in Charter Schools ?>

It’s about the 100% of Black Children: The 94 % in Traditional Schools AND the 6% in Charter Schools

Black parents have enough to worry about just by virtue of having a black child. We worry about our black babies’ safety every day when they leave the house, whether they are walking or driving. In addition, we worry about their safety; physically, mentally and emotionally, when they attend school, regardless of school model. So it should go without saying that many black parents do not have time for this distracting “divide and conquer” strategy with this whole business about…

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When the courts get it right and side with justice, such as with Brown v. Board of Education of 1954, parents of color and/or poor and marginalized communities seized the moment to ensure educational equality for all children. When the law was enforced children of color and/or the poor thrived; when the law was not enforced, children of color and/or the poor struggled to survive. Sixty-two years later, on September 7, 2016, Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled in…

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WHY ARE PARENTS OF COLOR AND THE POOR EXPECTED TO KEEP SACRIFICING THEIR KIDS WELLBEING IN UNJUST SCHOOLS – FOR AN EDUCATION? ?>

WHY ARE PARENTS OF COLOR AND THE POOR EXPECTED TO KEEP SACRIFICING THEIR KIDS WELLBEING IN UNJUST SCHOOLS – FOR AN EDUCATION?

It is Back to School month, and while parents like me should be getting into gear for back to school activities, this black mom finds herself weary, heavy-hearted and angry. If you feel the need to call this the “Diary of an Angry Black Woman” or the “Blog of an Angry Black Mom”, because the only way you know how to describe a black woman is with a label – then do you “-boo-boo” – because this Black parent, will…

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Congressional Black Caucus Centuries of Systemic Segregation and Discrimination Disenfranchise Black Communities; Not Proposed Open Primaries! ?>

Congressional Black Caucus Centuries of Systemic Segregation and Discrimination Disenfranchise Black Communities; Not Proposed Open Primaries!

As a Black mom, an active voter and for the most part, a supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), I was very disappointed to read that the CBC opposes changes in the Democratic Party platform – namely calling for open primaries — because they fear “that allowing independent or Republican voters to participate in Democratic primaries would dilute minority voting strength in many places.” Does this mean that the Congressional Black Caucus opposes full civic engagement of all registered voters…

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Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education ?>

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

“The people in this country whose job is to even the scales of justice cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the injustice being done mostly to children of color and marginalized communities every day in America’s schools. The Constitution does not end at the schoolhouse door.”  I address my concerns as a Black mom in my post republished from Huffpost BlackVoices.  You can find me on Twitter @RealTalkGwenS. ***** As a mother of color, I have long looked to American courts to right wrongs…

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BEFORE MY GRANDSON UTTERS HIS FIRST WORDS ?>

BEFORE MY GRANDSON UTTERS HIS FIRST WORDS

                      My grandson Amyis was almost a week old when I wrote this blog on April 23, 2014. The sad reality is this one fact. These words I wrote two years ago still hold true for being a black boy, in many traditional public schools, in America  today. His whole world from birth to high school graduation will be dependent upon his parents, grandparents, educators, peers and the community supporting his positive development thus ensuring he has equitable access to opportunities and life…

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Arresting parents won’t improve education, but equity will ?>

Arresting parents won’t improve education, but equity will

The education system in America says all children matter, which should mean black, brown and poor children as well.  But when parents and students of color and low income speak out for their education and start to ask questions about their educational rights, school district policy, accountability regarding finances and personnel and safety, then all of a sudden all children do not matter. Suddenly the rights of the adults in the school district becomes what matter the most in education….

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Empowered parents, don’t believe the hype about testing ?>

Empowered parents, don’t believe the hype about testing

If you are a parent with children in primary or secondary schools then you may be familiar with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the second largest teacher’s union in the United States. If you are a Black or low income parent in particular, then I would encourage you to pay special attention to the political games AFT plays to keep accountability out of the classroom. The AFT is on an aggressive track to totally mislead us about the important…

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Teachers Unions Should Listen to Parents, Not Marketing Firms ?>

Teachers Unions Should Listen to Parents, Not Marketing Firms

Solutions for parents to public education’s many inequities require real talk in real time. But you won’t find real talk in the new National Education Association (NEA) messaging. A recently leaked document indicates the NEA, the nation’s largest organization representing teachers, wishes to minimize the struggle for those most in need of access to a quality education by putting a kinder, gentler spin on critical issues that affect academic and life success. I am part of that struggle, like so…

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