We Must Insist Parents Stay WOKE, Absence of Information Is The Exploiter’s Playground

School Choice Week, REALLY? Oh, so crafty, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). First, he invokes the Word during DeVos’ confirmation hearing, then unabashedly ignores every Dem protest to his interpretation of hearing protocol (which I’m good with), and finally, the good Senator slips one in on us by scheduling the vote during School Choice Week. Oh, Sen. Dude, you are good. This says to me that the distinguished gentleman from … Continue reading We Must Insist Parents Stay WOKE, Absence of Information Is The Exploiter’s Playground

Whether Celebrating Or Protesting, Do You, But By All Means –Stand Ready 

As half the nation mourns the ending of the finest presidency in modern history, I’m motivated to look beyond now. For it is the future of this country that requires full and focused attention. We cannot take our eye off the mark and I think Barack and Michelle, soon-to-be private citizens, would agree. With that said, I’m neither celebrating nor protesting the swearing in of … Continue reading Whether Celebrating Or Protesting, Do You, But By All Means –Stand Ready 

DeVos or Nah? Cheryl Mayes Is Less Than Impressed and Doesn’t Hold Back

Guest post by Cheryl D. Mayes, former chairwoman of the Nashville School Board and the 2016 recipient of the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s prestigious Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award for stellar leadership and tireless advocacy on behalf of children in Nashville, TN.  Who’s Minding The Education of Our Children? After watching the Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, the nominee for the … Continue reading DeVos or Nah? Cheryl Mayes Is Less Than Impressed and Doesn’t Hold Back

DeVos’ Below Proficient Performance Doesn’t Negate Growth Potential or Does It?

I’m not mad that Billionaire Betsy has nearly zero personal and professional connections to public schools. I’m not hating that she considers the public school system “dead end.” Hell, I’m even shelling out mad props for not getting up and slapping the crap out of Sen. Warren. While most eduwatchers are pouncing on certain responses (grizzly bears and such), I’ve been surveying the full landscape. … Continue reading DeVos’ Below Proficient Performance Doesn’t Negate Growth Potential or Does It?

The MLK Day Commemorative March of Today Must Replace Ceremony with Intention

Today, I am not in the mood to march. My former self would have clapped back with brute force at such a selfish statement. Armed with $100 worth of guilt, I would have said “What if Dr. King would have said ‘I don’t feel like saving Negroes today?’” But today is a different kind of today. The black people of yesterday knew their enemy, understood their prospects, … Continue reading The MLK Day Commemorative March of Today Must Replace Ceremony with Intention

Magnolias Keep Their Bloom and Remain Radiant During the Harshest of Circumstances

After the election of President Obama in 2008, I was awestruck then as now at how this bi-racial dude with a black wife and daughters could so profoundly move this nation. How millions of white people, young and old, were inspired to change the world from his simple message of hope. I remember like it was yesterday a conversation with a friend sharing our mutual admiration for … Continue reading Magnolias Keep Their Bloom and Remain Radiant During the Harshest of Circumstances

5 Questions Every Black Parent Needs to Ask Their Child’s Teacher and School

Written by Charles Cole, III. An original version of this post appeared on One Oakland United.  I spent nearly five years at a nonprofit focused on getting students in and through college. Many of the students who entered our program were not on track to graduate high school and required working closely with counselors, parents and principals to ensure they would graduate high school and hopefully … Continue reading 5 Questions Every Black Parent Needs to Ask Their Child’s Teacher and School