Women Raising The Bar: Stevona Elem-Rogers

This article was first posted on https://auratenewyork.com/ Bold. Trailblazing. Unapologetic. That’s the best way to describe this force of a woman. Stevona Elem-Rogers embodies the essence of the Aurate woman of substance. She is a womanist writer, educator, and orator (or as we prefer, AUrator) with a passion for innovative examination and advocacy of Black culture and womanhood. She received her B.A. from The University of Alabama in English and African-American Studies, and in 2007, she began her… Read More

Back to School Joy

I asked my son how he felt about starting school this year. I decided not to post his response because like most kids starting back, He wasn’t happy. So I decided to move on and ask an educator we love so much, his old PreK teacher. I asked Mrs Varnado to briefly tell me how she feels about upcoming year. This is what she had to say. “My fifth year of teaching… Read More

Optimism Alone Won’t Create a Successful School Year

This article was first posted here The smell of education is in the air. Parents have bought uniforms. School supplies are packed up and ready to go. Teachers have completed their beginning of the year requirements, decorated their classrooms and have received finalized student rolls. Students are fully aware that summer break is shortly coming to an end. As the new school year comes upon us, there is a need to get… Read More

4 Tips for Parents to Get Into Back to School Mode

It’s the end of July and here we are, already preparing for back-to-school. It’s a time that almost every mother—especially stay-at-home-moms— are rejoicing. We finally get our house back. I don’t know about you but my grocery bill has gone up and I finally just gave up on cleaning my house. I mean, what’s the point?  In the coming weeks, all of that will change. I will have order and structure once… Read More

The Louisiana Parents’ Bill of Rights Turns 1: How Are Schools Doing?

By Gary Briggs This article was first posted on https://www.ednavigator.com Since I joined EdNavigator as the organization’s very first Navigator, almost four years ago, our team has worked with nearly 500 New Orleans families across our city to support them in their pursuit of the best possible educational experiences for their children and themselves. That support might mean addressing their academic worries, making sure high-flying students get the challenge they need, finding… Read More

It’s time to admit Diane Ravitch’s troubled crusade derails honest debate about public education

This article was first published on citizenstewart.com The longstanding arguments for charters could still be had in clean exchanges between judicious people – sans Ravitch – if we seek understanding and progress. I should start adding a qualifier when I say the former scholar and historian Diane Ravitch is the Ann Coulter of education commentary. In fairness, Coulter has better manners and makes more attempts to employ logic as she “owns” the… Read More

“He’s not my son, he’s our son”

“He’s not my son, he’s our son.”-Monteria Robinson When Monteria  Robinson, the mother of Jamarion Robinson said those words, I felt it in my soul. Her son was shot 76 times by US Marshals in Atlanta. I’m a mother of a black son. It could have been mine.  He’s not her son, he’s our son. Moms of Black Boys United, Inc. (M.O.B.B. United) is a non-profit organization focused on impacting practices, perceptions… Read More

Adults fail kids AGAIN with broken promises because of the “A” word . . .

Almost half of Kennedy’s graduating class of seniors weren’t eligible to be promoted during this year’s commencement exercises held in May, according to reports from the Lens last week.  Consultants were hired, resignations tendered, stories written, and social media platforms exploded with finger-pointing and blame being targeted at “the charter” system of public schools in New Orleans. Whether you support charters or direct run district schools, the common thread that must exist… Read More

You should be real about the fact that only some students matter

This article was first posted on citizenstewart.com It’s right for equity advocates to focus attention on the students deemed needier. At the same time, they shouldn’t allow their advocacy to mean other students aren’t likely to need support too. When the Black Lives Matter hashtag started it was a bold turn of phrase in the face of too many fatal incidents that would lead one to question whether or not black people… Read More

OPINION: In New Orleans School,Segregation and Inequity Persist

In the year 1865, the Louisiana legislature began implementing laws that paved the way for racial segregation. These laws were known as black codes and had historically regulated the autonomy of slaves. The black codes were more prominent in northern Louisiana cities. However, in southern Louisiana cities, such as New Orleans, African-Americans experienced much more autonomy. In New Orleans, public schools had successfully been integrated until the year 1877 (Woodward, 2001). The… Read More