Tag: Black students

School Reform but not School Improvement

Reform gets a bad name when educational leaders experiment with educating children.  Transformation but No Improvement! Ed Johnson, Advocate for Quality in Public Education for many years has stood as a solid educational advocate for Atlanta children and families. He has consistently spoken out about the current Atlanta Public Schools District. He has written and spoken these words; Atlanta has had school choice as…

GCSA Says Yes to School Choice!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2018 GCSA’s Incubator Program and redefinED Announce up to $75,000 for Those Seeking to Launch a High-Quality Charter School ATLANTA, GA – If you are interested in starting a charter school, there is a new grant opportunity that could help you launch a brand new school. Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is pleased to announce…

American Promise: Race and Education

American Promise , the documentary/film which focuses in on the journey of two Black males from middle class families attending private schools, was released in 2014. It highlights their struggles and successes. I feel that the film is informative yet challenging. It challenges us to see the importance of removing the stereotypes of Black males.  The young boys portrayed in a stereotypical…

Raising 3 Kings! A Success Story from a Single Mother

“The greatest achievement I’ve experienced in life is raising my sons and seeing their successes!” Tonya Winters Buford      This post features Atlanta Educator and super mom, Tonya Winter’s Buford, who shares some of the successes and struggles of raising Black sons as a single mother. It’s not easy raising boys to be men as a single mother, but at…

Arne Duncan to Trump and DeVos: We Cannot Stop Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Students

In AJC’s Get Schooled blog hosted by Maureen Downey, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushes back on the Trump’s administration call to leave enforcement of federal civil rights laws to states. Duncan notes that while Trump has claimed education to be “the civil rights issue of our time,” leaving it up to states to protect civil rights will not hold…

Will Proposed Atlanta School Closures Open the Door for Further Gentrification?

There’s a lot of questions and conversations about school closures in Atlanta. In order for us to address the growing concern, we must look at what we know about the correlation and connection of school closures to gentrification. I’ve talked with educators, students, parents, community residents and business owners who are concerned about how gentrification is impacting the education of black, brown and mixed…