Author: Shamar Knight-Justice

What is Restorative Justice?

Our Students Need “Restorative Justice” To Be More Than A Buzzword

In schools across the country, anyone can recognize the signs of a year coming to an end — high school seniors bearing robes and smiles, teachers purging cluttered cabinets, elementary recesses extending into eternity — the culminating events that signify the closeout of a school year. This is a critical time of the year for school administrators. Leadership teams are making shifts on their…

Will More School Choice Cripple Underenrolled Atlanta Public Schools District?

For Atlanta Public Schools and Superintendent Carstarphen, the 16-17 school year was one filled with challenging decisions. At the peak of this mountainous struggle came the choice to close, consolidate, or turnaround multiple schools within APS — a decision bombarded with supporters and critics from across the district. Town hall meetings were filled with mixed emotions. Backers applauded what they believed were indications of the district making…

School Choice protest

AP-NORC Survey: Not Enough Americans Understand the School Choice Debate.

There is a paralyzing number of opinions about the state of education in the United States. As the new administration meanders past the 100-day benchmark, a topic still at the tip of everyone’s tongue is the traditional school vs. charter school vs. private school voucher debate. A recently released poll by the Associate Press-NORC broadly revealed how Americans feel about the subject, but also…

How Black Educations Fare in the “State of Black America” Report

In the National Urban League’s recently published “State of Black America” Report, there were many findings that show that Black Americans are experiencing more success and higher achievement in education. In their Equality Index, Education had the greatest increase, rising from 77.4% to 78.2%. The Urban League’s report states that these gains are a result of lower high school dropout rates, increased literacy…

Lessons Educators Can Learn from “The War at Morehouse”

Morehouse College has been a bedrock of West Atlanta for the last one hundred years. It is revered for its rigorous academic program, and has served as the inception for numerous Black men that have made countless contributions to our society. Which is why my recent read of Michael Harriot’s “The War at Morehouse” (a MUST read) was both illuminating and disheartening. Even as an HBCU…