Gun Free Zone

House Bill 271, which would have allowed for the carrying of guns at K-12 schools by teachers and administrators was voted down by legislators on April 4th.  The two largest teachers unions, as well as Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Sheriffs office are also opposed to the bill. “Under current state law, only law enforcement officers are allowed to carry guns on school campuses. House Bill 271 would have allowed teachers and administrators… Read More

Remembering a King #MLK50

Continuing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fuller: To Truly Honor Dr. King, Teachers Must Fight for Justice Beyond the Schoolhouse Doors for Their Poor Black Students

This article was first published at www.the74million.org Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968. Since that time, much has been written and said about this “drum major for justice.” In my view, there seems to be a conscious or unconscious process at work to create a sanitized notion of this great man. We hear a lot about the power of his intellect, the man who spoke of his powerful dream, the… Read More

Life’s Blueprint

By Cheryl Kirk It has been fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I believe there are so many changes of which he would have been proud. It is true there has been much advancement for people of color in the fifty years that have passed, but we still have work to do. One area I believe he would be disappointed about is the lack of access to quality… Read More

No, We Don’t Need a Men’s History Month

By Andrew Pillow It’s Women’s History Month and I have been teaching my class about the accomplishments of women throughout history. While pretty much all of my students are receptive to the idea of spending extra time learning about women, some of them do seem a bit confused as to why we are doing it. Some even going as far to ask, “Why is there no Men’s History Month?” This question is actually… Read More

My Biggest Fear is I’m not Doing Enough

By Reginald Barbour Sometimes I ask myself am I doing enough? This usually happens in response to a tragic incident or after receiving disappointing news. In my everyday life, I don’t spend too much time asking myself this question or second guessing the advocacy work that I do around education and social justice. However, when I hear about another senseless killing or act of racism against us, I admit, I go to… Read More

74 Interview: Parent Activist Mary Moran on Engaging Families and Demanding Accountability in New Orleans Schools

This article was first published on www.the74million.org As an Afro-Latina born to Salvadoran parents attending south Los Angeles schools, Mary Moran had a very different background from her Mexican-American and African-American classmates. But having roots in both communities taught Moran to be a bridge-builder from an early age. That experience propelled Moran to a life of advocacy and organizing, which included a stint on the staff of the group Parent Revolution in… Read More

Rest In Peace Linda Brown

A Message to the Young Girls Who Sit in Our Classrooms

By David McGuire Every day as educators, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impression on our students. We stand at the front of the room and we teach, but at the same time, we hope to inspire. We hope our students’ dreams come true. It is our mission provide them with the roadmap to their destination. As a male educator, I look at the young ladies in my classroom and… Read More