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Is Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color?

Let’s just call her Betsy DeVoid. Our secretary of education earns a name-change because of her predilection for voiding laws that protect our most disenfranchised students. First it was rescissions to the civil rights regulations that protect students with disabilities. Now it’s the 2014 Obama administration’s school discipline guidance, also based on civil rights law, that requires… Continue reading Is Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color?

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To Understand Why Rachel’s Fighting, You Need to Understand What NYC Schools Are Missing About Student Discipline

When Rachel walked into my office, she was holding the side of her face.  The nurse came in and cleaned up any open wounds she saw. The whole time Rachel sat there quietly. I asked her if she wanted any water or needed anything.  She told me “no.” “What happened, Rachel?” I asked.   “I don’t… Continue reading To Understand Why Rachel’s Fighting, You Need to Understand What NYC Schools Are Missing About Student Discipline

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Letters from John: Hiding in Plain Sight

This is Part 4 of my series “Letters from John.” In Part I, I wrote, “I’m in a beautifully loving marriage to John Dukes, a man who is truly one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is also incarcerated. During our friendship, courtship, and marriage, John and I… Continue reading Letters from John: Hiding in Plain Sight

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My Beautiful, Loving Marriage to A Man Who Is Trapped Within New York City’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

A Voice From Within: One Couple’s Story I’m in a beautifully loving marriage to John Dukes, a man who is truly one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is also incarcerated. During our friendship, courtship, and marriage, John and I have spent a lot of time tracing… Continue reading My Beautiful, Loving Marriage to A Man Who Is Trapped Within New York City’s School-to-Prison Pipeline