Author: Shamar Knight-Justice

Unfair discipline policies against Black girls

Let’s Be Honest, Schools Aren’t Safe Spaces For Black Girls

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” –Audre Lorde People’s ignorant and reckless fantasies of Black girls are dangerous. We cannot continue to spectate nor diminish the traumatic experiences Black girls are enduring in schools across the nation. Black girls being bullied by their peers and dismissed by school…

Betsy DeVos advice

Public Relations Advice for Betsy DeVos

It would be an understatement to say that Secretary DeVos has performed poorly in her speaking engagements –from her confirmation hearing to commencement speeches to budget testimonies– and viewers tuning into watch this week’s appearance in front of the Senate are unsure whether or not they will witness an informative declaration or a theatrical blunder. Michael J. Petrilli, President of the Thomas B.…

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…