“I am unapologetically for Black kids.”

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Portland, Seattle: Isn’t it astounding that some of the country’s most politically progressive and prosperous communities have the worst racial achievement gaps? And some of the loudest push-back against the systemic changes that black, brown and disabled kids desperately need?

Recently I had the privilege of meeting students, parents and educators in Washington state, whose first eight charter schools, even just five months in, are delivering for those kids. Thursday they find out whether their lawmakers will let adult ideology trump student learning.

Today The74Million.org has a profile I wrote of Dr. Thelma Jackson, a truly inspiring figure who has spent decades working to make Washington’s black children visible and to secure the equitable, excellent schools they are entitled to. Read it. You’ll love her.


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