Category: Blog

A Black Parent’s Perspective on Public Schools

We’re too busy taking parent’s right to choose away that we aren’t listening to their experiences in public schools. “I believe in school choice and I also believe in traditional public education. . . that’s my choice!”, says long time Atlanta advocate, Keisha Spells. Regardless of what a parent decides, we should never be in a position to take their…

These Parents Came to Atlanta to Tell Elizabeth Warren to ‘Stand Down’, Periodt!

POSTED NOV. 22, 2019 IN SCHOOL CHOICE Gather ‘round, peeps, and let me tell y’all a true tale of hope and outrage. Once upon a time, not long ago—September of this year in Houston, Texas, to be exact—the day after an invigorating and empowering rally that gathered hundreds of parents, students and education advocates in MacGregor Park to gear up for…

While We’re Advocating, Here’s A Two Weeks Notice From Teachers!

The conversation about the Nation’s teacher shortage isn’t happening in the media like it should. However, it’s definitely happening amongst teachers! I recently had the opportunity to participate in a conversation during class with teachers across Metro Atlanta. Teachers are stressed and burnt out already. I’m finding that more veteran teachers are choosing their health over the profession and newer…

Derrill Miller Shares the Secret to Operating a Successful School.

The Metro Atlanta area is growing in school innovation with the transformation of failing schools to Charter operated, charter or theme schools. Failing schools are often a result of failed leadership and school operations. School with poor performing operations departments impact teachers and children, especially African American and Latina students.  Many parents of Black and brown children are concerned about…

My Black Students Have Learned to Be Wary of People Who Look Like Me, And That’s Not Racist

Jay Wamsted has taught math at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta for fourteen years. His writing has been featured in various journals and magazines, including Harvard Educational Review, Mathematics Teacher, and Sojourners. He can be found online at The Southeast Review, Under the Sun, and the TEDx YouTube channel, where you can watch his 2017 talk “Eating…

We Need Black Boys to Drop Guns, Not Classes!

In honor of National Family Engagement Month, I’m empowering our Black boys to drop guns, not classes! This is a real conversation our community needs to have right now . Families and educators need to be on the same page about gun control laws and policies on gun regulation. It’s up to us to protect our children. Guns and Black…

A Mom’s View: My Son Loves Elizabeth Warren. She Said She Wants to Fix Schools for Kids Like Him But Her New Education Plan Ignores Us!

November is National Family Engagement and to kick of an empowering month for parents, engagement and advocacy for better educational outcomes for our children, I’m featuring the voice of a fellow advocate, activist, educator and am amazing mother, Keri Rodrigues who born in Fulton County. Metro Atlanta parents, I’m looking forward to empowering you this month.  Jason B. AllenJason has…