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

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