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Black Lives Matter, NAACP Call for Moratorium on Charter Schools is “Inexplicable”

Indeed, paying attention to data and facts is important. But when data and facts are one-sided and lack the bigger picture, it does an injustice to those trying to become educated about an issue.

When it comes to charter schools, there’s still much work to be done when it comes to getting out the facts and truly educating the public.

Take the Black Lives Matter and the NAACP call for a moratorium on charter schools, for example.

“Can’t understand why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Movement for Black Lives have issued proclamations opposing the expansion of school choice and Parent Power for the very black families for which they proclaim to care?,” writes RiShawn Biddle of Dropout Nation. “The answer can be found in the annual financial statements of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions.”

Black leaders nationwide are pushing back against moratoriums and proclamations against charter school expansion.

“The fact that the NAACP wants a national moratorium on charter schools, many of which offer a high-quality education to low-income and working-class black children, is inexplicable,” Jaqueline Cooper, president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options told the Washington Examiner.

Data reveals black students in public charter schools gain an equivalent of 36 learning days a year in math and 26 in reading respectively. And the learning gains are even higher for poor minority students.

In Massachusetts, where there’s a debate about expanding charter school learning opportunities to meet the demand of more than 32,000 on wait lists, charter schools have been an important part of education, offering choice and opportunity for children especially in low-income areas. Massachusetts charter schools are among the highest performing in the nation, and serve 31 percent more Black

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9 Must-Reads To Bring With You On That Last Beach Trip Before Summer Ends

Summer is full of required reading lists.

While many kids across the U.S. finish up their summer reading as they gear up to go back to school, here’s a list of recommended reading for understanding how we get our schools and learning opportunities to reflect a new opportunity agenda that allows for Innovation and Opportunity to thrive:


1.  A New Opportunity Agenda bklt.fw

2.  A Nation At RiskA Nation At Risk

3.  The Split Screen Strategy: How to Turn Education Into a Self-Improving System
by Ted Kolderie


4.  Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story
by Ember Rechgott Junge

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5.  No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior s Life from Black Power to Education Reform
by Howard Fuller with Lisa Frazier Page


6.  Education Reform: Before It Was Cool – The Real Story and The Pioneers Who Made It Happen
edited by Jeanne Allen

Before it was Cool

7.  Unleashing Greatness: 9 Plays to Spark Innovation in Education

by Michael Barber & Joel Klein

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8.  2020 Vision: A History of the Future

by the GSV team, led by Michael Moe and Deborah Quazzo

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9.  Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

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The Positive Aspect of The Trump Speech Plagiarism that Everyone Missed

Anyone with a computer or smartphone saw the internet explode with gifs, memes, and countless articles noting similarities between Michelle Obama’s speech and a speech delivered by Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland.

(For the record, it appears Michelle Obama’s words weren’t the only ones making a guest appearance that evening…)

As plagiarism accusations reached a fever pitch, Meredith McIver, a longtime employee of the Trump organization, released a statement taking blame for the incident:

“In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people.  A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”

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Hold the phone. Melania Trump just admitted that she admires and is inspired by Michelle Obama and the messages in her speech. The same Michelle Obama whose husband has endorsed her husband’s rival in this election.

In this toxic political environment, is this not a sign that regardless of party and affiliation, there are universal messages that ring true?

We must come together around these. An excellent

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