How the government redlined black skin and created inequality

Otherwise celebrated for making homeownership accessible to white people by guaranteeing their loans, the FHA explicitly refused to back loans to black people or even other people who lived near black people. - The Atlantic, 2014   The video above illustrates the systemic way government programs served to under-capitalize black Americans by excluding them from …

Everybody talks about student voice, but David Johns walks the talk

When history assesses the Obama presidency one thing will eventually be unmistakable: he filled his administration with exceptional, but understated people. No one fits that description more than David Johns, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.  In this great video done by Loudspeaker films Johns talks about …

School reform opponents, please cut the S#%t.

Before the Storm and the Decision to Reform from Douglas Harris on Vimeo. At the outset I have to tell you I’ve lost my patience with people who purposefully divert attention from the strong gains New Orleanians are making in public education. Students, their parents, and their teachers are putting in the work and producing eye popping results …