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Champion Women: Denisha Allen
Senior Fellow at the American Federation for Children and Founder of Black Minds Matter “While my last name may have protected me in the neighborhood, it also followed me into the classroom. One adult at school might turn to another and say, ‘She’s a Merriweather’,” Denisha Allen recalled in a biographical sketch. Allen’s Merriweather relatives were famous for street brawls, not academic achievements.
Opinion: On education, stop treating children like political footballs
Last month, I testified before a congressional subcommittee discussing the topic of “School Choice: Expanding Educational Freedom for All.” I reflected on my personal journey receiving a tax-credit scholarship from the sixth through 12th grade to attend a private school. I urged members of Congress to support expanding school choice at the federal level. They have the opportunity to pass the Educational Choice for Children Act — a monumental bill that would create a $10 billion federal tax credit scholarship. . . . School choice doesn’t just benefit students who leave district schools. A 2020 report from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that as the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program grew, district schools improved. As choice expanded, Black students who remain in Florida district schools are also making strong academic gains, both outpacing Black students nationally and narrowing achievement gaps with White students in Florida. That’s why I was so disappointed when Rep. Jahana Hayes, Connecticut Democrat, dismissed my personal story — my lived experience — of the relief and joy of finding a school where teachers smiled at me, a simple act that may seem trivial, but for a child who hates school is profound.
What if 2 Types of Education Reform — Charter Schools and Education Savings Accounts — Merged?
Mitchell: In states where charters' best practices are stifled, the solution may be to become a private school. At least 1 network is making the move. The two dominant forms of school choice, charter schools and private school vouchers, have moved on parallel tracks since the 1990s. Now, the emergence of education savings accounts could bring these paths together
Two New Orleans teens make math discovery 2,000 years in the making
Two high school seniors, Calsea John and Ne'kiya Jackson from New Orleans have caused a stir among mathematicians at a recent conference. The students, from St. Mary’s Academy, are showing a new way to look at a 2,000-year-old formula.
Myth Busters: Education Freedom Myth and Facts
Written by Nya Moses Claim: "EDUCATION FREEDOM DEFUNDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS!" Reality: The money doesn’t belong to the government schools. Education funding is meant for educating children, not for propping up and protecting a particular institution. We should fund students, not systems.
A recent poll published by Gallup revealed that in the United States, 44% of teachers in K-12 education and 35% of college and university teachers said they very often or always feel burned out at work. Both of these occupations were listed as the top two occupations among the 14 listed in the poll on occupational burnout. By Nya Moses
Private School Founded by HBCU Alumni Honors Black Boys and Men at Annual Community Awards Ceremony
Icon Preparatory School (Icon Prep) is a Black-owned private school founded in Tampa, Florida in 2018 by FAMU alumni. After working in schools around the country, the founders created a college-prep school inspired by the ethos of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Icon Prep has grown to educate approximately 800 scholars in Tampa & Jacksonville, Florida with a Cleveland, Ohio location opening in Fall 2023.
School Choice Changed Our Lives
This commentary from Jayleesha Cooper and Brandon Villanueva Sanchez, members of the American Federation for Children’s 2023 Future Leaders Fellowship cohort, describes the life-changing possibilities of education choice and advocates for Nebraska’s Opportunity Scholarships Act.
Florida museum exhibit showcases history of Black education freedom
Black Minds Matter hosted Self-Determined: The Secret History of Education Freedom, a three-day art and culture exhibit held at the Ritz Theater and Museum in Jacksonville, Florida. It features Black education history from the Antebellum Period through today with many options for education choice.