Poverty Within our Schools

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With the holidays coming up, you think about the families who have love, respect and support for each other but lack money. Parents always want better and more for their children than what they had as children. They want to give them the best money can buy. Most important, parents don’t want their children to see them struggle or stressed out. But we live in a time where the cost of living… Read More

Education and Poverty: The Conversation that Doesn’t Exist

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“When you live in a poor neighborhood, you are living in an area where you have poor schools. When you have poor schools, you have poor teachers. When you have poor teachers, you get a poor education. When you get a poor education, you can only work in a poor-paying job. And that poor-paying job enables you to live again in a poor neighborhood. So, it’s a very vicious cycle.”—Malcolm X The… Read More

The Real Work of Education Reform

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This Mother’s Day weekend I thought so much about Samaria Rice, a mother whose mother’s days will never be the same again.  A mother who has had to deal wtih a living nightmare. That which I still cannot bring myself to watch; that which still even as I write makes my eyeballs spontaneously spout and my heart clench. What were her dreams and hopes for her child? What were her fears for him?… Read More