Remembering Lucy Craft Laney and self-determination in education

In 1883 an African American teacher with a great deal of vision and purpose started the first school to educate black children in Augusta, Georgia. It took one year for her new school to explode from six eager learners to nearly 300 souls hungry for learning. She traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota with the hopes of appealing …

The color coded politics of education in Minneapolis

 The voters of Minneapolis have spoken, who knows what they want?  On the face of it the historically expensive school board election Minneapolis just experienced has brought two very different candidates to the board. The first place winner, incumbent Rebecca Gagnon, defends traditional public education orthodoxy. She received enormous support from national and local labor …

When will we get serious about black boys in public schools?

“How does it feel to be a problem?” – W.E.B. Dubois Last year when the verdict was read in the George Zimmerman trial I predicted there would be a swollen outcry, followed by a return to peaceful apathy. I had seen this routine before. An outrage occurs, the outrage machines hums on high, and then, …