If you’re an educator who thinks we need to hold parents accountable, you need to do some soul searching

BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI This article was first published at http://phillys7thward.org Time and time again, I’ve heard educators say that the lack of parental engagement in their schools is what is holding them back. But, when I listen to families, in Philly or Chicago or any other urban city, I hear about the shoes that educators often don’t slip on. Families speak of unwelcoming environments—hostile, even. They speak of educators who fail to consistently… Read More

HBCU Pride. Thank You Beyoncé

By guest blogger Brianna Warren I could not take my eyes away as I sat and streamed Beyoncé’s Coachella performance live via YouTube—I was amazed! I noticed right away her show resembled bleachers at a football game—complete with a marching band, drumline, and majorettes. Her high energy and intensity-filled performance highlighted one of the most prideful and exciting times on a historically black college or university’s (HBCU) campus—homecoming. This is a time… Read More

I Blog for Liberation!

Yes, it is a fact that the nearly 50,000 children that attend Orleans Parish Public Schools need community people that can speak for the community. There is an overwhelming amount of children in my community who live in poverty and who need a voice to carry their plight to the spaces and conversations where they normally don’t exist. It is important to me that at one time or another in my life… Read More

Four Years Old and a Target of Racism

By guest blogger Kristle Pressley Fears. We all have them – fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of failure. Before becoming a mom, my fears were simple. I don’t do heights, I don’t do insects, and I don’t do clusters of tiny holes (yes, that’s an actual phobia called “trypophobia”). After giving birth to my daughter four years ago, my fears suddenly multiplied. As moms, we try to keep our kids… Read More

Why I Write: David McGuire

Eric Thomas, respectfully known as the “Hip Hop Preacher” is a person I listen to for motivation.  One of my favorite motivational videos of his is “What’s Your Why?” The video reveals the story of why NBA Superstar Kevin Durant wears the number 35 and explains how the “Why” behind the number 35 motivates him as a basketball player. This video had me thinking “What is My Why?” Why do I choose… Read More

Unenroll NOLA:OneApp Don’t Love the Kids

The air is full of frustration in New Orleans among parents who have attempted to send their kids to the best NOLA schools. The deciding factor to get into New Orleans schools is a lottery based algorithm program called OneApp. Here’s is a link to how it all works according to EnrollNOLA the entity that runs OneApp through a partnership between the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District. This… Read More

I Am Scared

I’m scared. That’s right, I said it. I’m scared that my little boy will one day be a victim for just being black.  Being a parent is hard enough, but honestly, being a parent to a black boy is terrifying. My son is only four years old, and I already get chills when I think of my son growing up and becoming independent. One day, he will ask to borrow my car… Read More

Black Panther For Girls

By Sylvia Denice Historically, I am not a fan of the superhero movie genre. Most superhero films leave me, to my despair, bored or disengaged. In addition, the marketing of superhero movies has been geared toward more of a masculine audience. When it comes to superhero movies, I more often than not assume my time is better spent on another film experience. However, this all changed when my students brought their energy… Read More

Louisiana Senators Advance Two TOPS Bills

Louisiana Senators are hoping to make receiving the TOPS Scholarship a little easier for NOLA students.  While one bill lowers the ACT score requirement, the other would create a new TOPS scholarship for those who have earned an Associate’s degree and would like to pursue their education at a 4-year college. “You have a situation where both bills provide young people in the state of Louisiana with a greater opportunity (to succeed).”… Read More

Asiyah: Redefining What It Means to Be a Concerned Parent and Citizen

Asiyah’s wide-ranging experiences in education and activism can help us broaden our own views about school choice and activism. Her story demonstrates that the way we think about education and activism is often much too narrow.  She helps us believe that finding the best school for our children is not limited to what’s right in front of us, and that being an activist can also be a matter of choice. In education,… Read More