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

This article was first posted on 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

Police Officers in Schools Should Not Be the Ones Dealing With Minor Disciplinary Issues

If you enter almost any large inner-city school in America, you will likely see a police presence. Not because there was a disturbance, but because that is simply where they have been assigned. This is of course in reference to School Resource Officers. School resource officers or SROs have recently come under a lot of fire. Conversations around police brutality have given way to conversations about interactions between police and students at… Read More

Leveling the Playing Field of Early Childhood Education Enrollment

“We need to meet people where they are.” This is a popular refrain but it’s hard to know if its’s always good advice. Does meeting a marginalized group where they—and their needs— lead to lower expectations or the belief that they are less capable than everybody else? Or are accommodations an opportunity to ensure greater and more equitable access to resources for community members? A recent study conducted by the Education Research… Read More

Leah Chase, A True New Orleans Icon

On June 1st, New Orleans lost a culinary Icon. If you’re from New Orleans, I’m sure you’ve celebrated a birthday, graduation or had a night out at Dooky Chase. Because visiting the restaurant, you never know who you might run into. Leah Chase has served everyone from civil rights workers, local politicians, actors and even presidents. The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. liked barbecued ribs, and James Baldwin preferred gumbo. The singer… Read More

Why I’m Unapologetically Pro School Choice

This article was first published on I am unapologetically pro school choice. Right now parents’ right to choose the best school for their children is under attack. All parents, especially parents of color and parents living in poverty, need to pay attention to the foolishness taking place in California and the education plan shared by presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders. In California, legislators want to limit charter schools. The 74 recently reported,… Read More

Sorry, We can’t let you in.

The day is finally here. Your baby is graduating from high school! You are so excited to see him walk across the stage to get his diploma you rush out of the house and realize you forgot your car keys! Now you’re running behind. It’s ok because you know you will get there in time to see your graduate. At least, thats what you thought. You arrive at the venue and the… Read More

Even Within Integrated Schools Black and Brown Students Are Left Behind

At every step of the civil rights movement, there were specific goals. Usually something high leverage that would have a huge impact. At first it was voting and the repeal of some Jim-crow laws but then the focused shifted to segregation. The theory being that if they could just integrate the schools, educational outcomes would improve. Spoiler alert: They were successful in getting integration legislation through, but almost 65 years after Brown… Read More


This article was first posted on By Gwen Samuel I am in a self-reflective mood this evening in need of God’s wisdom and guidance. Why? I’m in deep thought about parent rights, particularly Black parents and the erosion of their Constitutional rights and of Black children and the total dismissal of their educational rights and social emotional well-being.   We, as Black parents are crying entirely too many tears of desperation in our daily… Read More

We Need to Better Equip Our Children of Color With the Tools to Overcome Trauma and Toxic Stress

If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. -Daniel Goleman Creating conditions that generate healthy and successful outcomes for our society will require meeting the social and emotional needs of the most vulnerable among us…. Read More