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Posted inRace and Equity

OPINION: When Black parents benefit from school choice, it doesn’t perpetuate racism

The time has come for the very foundations of our country, good and bad, to face a reckoning; we’re dealing with long-standing racial disparities and injustices while trying to attain equity and equality, and the educational system is where it starts. In a recent column, Andre Perry said, “We must dismantle the structures that generate […]

Posted inRace and Equity

COLUMN: Now imagine if your school closed for good

Adapted and reprinted from Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities by Andre Perry, with permission from Brookings Institution Press, © 2020 by Brookings Institution. “When will schools open?” It’s a question that parents, employers and school leaders are struggling to answer amid a national pandemic that doesn’t seem to be letting […]

Posted inEarly Education

COLUMN: Time for white people to have ‘the talk’ with their kids

Every black parent, at some point, has to have “the talk,” the proverbial sit-down where we engage our children in a serious discussion about how black people are treated by police. We explain how to converse with police, how to make eye contact, how or when to show respect, how, when necessary, they must sometimes genuflect to unjust authority in order to protect themselves.

Posted inElementary to High School

Will AI really transform education?

For all the talk about how artificial intelligence could transform what happens in the classroom, AI hasn’t yet lived up to the hype. AI involves creating computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. It’s already being experimented with to help automate grading, tailor lessons to students’ individual needs and assist English […]

Posted inNew OrleansNewsThe South

The late New Orleans chef Leah Chase was a teacher at heart

Professional educators vigorously defend the title of teacher and rightly so. Teachers perfect their craft through their daily interactions with children. But not all educators have teaching degrees. There are teachers in our lives who don’t earn a paycheck from a school district but have no less impact in practice. Ultimately, good teachers are characterized […]

Posted inNews

Learning while you earn in college

Marissa Marshall, a junior at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., is quiet and soft-spoken on campus, but she works like a beast just a few miles from campus at the Brookings Institution. As a paid research intern, she conducts literature reviews and analyzes census data for me. Her work shouts of the kind of enthusiasm […]

Posted inElementary to High School

Charter schools aren’t measuring up to their promises

In 2008, a few years after Hurricane Katrina, school officials in Louisiana asked aspiring charter-school leader Andrew Shahan to consider taking over the failing Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School in New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward. This story also appeared in The Times Picayune Shahan submitted a 170-page application, outlining his plans for Drew, which he […]