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Test scores or jobs? I’ll have both

This week, the Black Alliance of Educational Options (BAEO) convenes its Annual Symposium in New Orleans, a battleground city for school reform validation (some may say disapproval). As a Symposium participant, I’m leading a town hall dialogue described as “[a] discussion of the progress that has been made to reform public education in New Orleans […]

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Honor without diversity is disgrace

The NEA Foundation recently celebrated their Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients, on Feb.7, but people of color literally weren’t in the crowning finalist picture. Actually, of the 36 total people who were recognized two were perceptible people of color (under 6%), which according to The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is about ten points behind […]

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Getting kids into college is one thing. Getting them through is another

NEW ORLEANS —When Pamela Bolton searched for a middle school for her daughter seven years ago, convenience, not college, was on her mind. She ended up enrolling her daughter at a new and untested middle school called New Orleans College Prep largely because she could get there easily. This story also appeared in The Advocate […]

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School closings: A solution in need of a solution

Closing schools has become an almost reflexive, corporate solution to a complex fiscal and social problem – a problem to which no one has found a satisfying answer. Districts shutter, sell or destroy physical properties typically for said fiscal reasons. Districts also terminate contracts of poor-performing service providers to make way for new leaders who […]

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Black athletes must pick up the ball on graduation rates

Results from a new study on graduation rates of black male athletes illustrate our sacrosanct commitment to developing black football players in colleges and universities. Black men among the top 25 BCS schools represent 3 percent of their student bodies but 60 percent of the football players. Simultaneously, the data make plain the limitations colleges […]

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School choice sounds great in theory—but who does the choosing?

Say it ain’t so—public-school leaders in New Orleans tinkering with admissions rules to cherry-pick students? No way. These are open-enrollment public schools, aren’t they? Apparently, public schools in the highly decentralized environment of New Orleans are making independent choices. Two of the most historic high schools in the Crescent City, McDonogh 35 and Eleanor McMain […]

Awards

2021 Fellow, Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellowship, Nichole Dobo — Wallace House, University of Michigan First Place, Feature Writing in Magazines, Casey Parks, “Traveling to the African Diaspora to prepare Black students for college” — Green Eyeshade Awards Finalist, Feature Writing in a Midsize Newsroom, Casey Parks, “Traveling to the African Diaspora to prepare Black students for college” — […]