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In high school, I was homeless. To help more students like me get to college, look beyond education policy.

After I was accepted at Columbia University, I felt ‘survivor’s guilt.’ I finally understand why.

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Before becoming a teacher, I was a YA author. My books normalized whiteness. 

Rereading my old novels, I realized I was part of the problem.

Asian American students’ hopes and fears — in six words 

Experiencing racism as a child was traumatic, but these young voices are helping me heal

This singing principal of viral video fame wants students to know they are loved. A call from Oprah would be nice, too. 

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He’s 11. By his mom’s count, he’s had more than 30 interactions with armed officers at school.

Denver has removed city police who were stationed in middle and high schools. But will the reforms help younger students too?

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For Hispanic boys in Memphis, the pressure to work full-time comes with a cost: lower graduation rates

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Three Chicago teens, one pandemic year: How COVID-19 widened education gaps for boys of color

This pandemic school year has hit Black and Latino boys harder than other students, testing them and the education systems that have often failed many of them.

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After enrollment dips, America’s schools hope for fall rebound

School districts that saw declines in student enrollment during COVID are looking to the fall. But there are early signs that enrollment may not fully rebound.

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‘Una gran familia’: How WhatsApp helped a small Brooklyn school remain a big family in the face of isolation and grief 

WhatsApp became a lifeline for the largely Spanish-speaking families of P.S. 89. Here’s how parents used it to connect the Brooklyn school community amid COVID.

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Pandemic 360: A comprehensive look at COVID’s impact on school communities

In Pandemic 360, Chalkbeat and Univision 41 explore the many ways COVID-19 impacted the lives of students, parents, and teachers in Newark and New York City.

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Chalkbeat readers salute educators who went above and beyond

For Teacher Appreciation Week 2021, readers told Chalkbeat about the educators who went above and beyond in a school year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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These NYC teens center climate science in their activism — and their ambitious experiments. Now they’ll compete on the world stage.

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I am a principal in NYC. I appreciate everyone who works in my school building now more than ever. 

Back on campus, it’s impossible not to feel grateful — and hopeful.

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Where the schools aren’t reopening: What one district’s decision says about the challenges ahead for America’s schools

In the suburbs of Chicago, the Dolton West district chose to keep schools closed amid COVID-19. The decision in the mostly Black community was still fraught.

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I cried in front of my teenage students — with my camera on. What happened next moved me through my tears. 

As I taught with a baby strapped to my chest, my students showed me extraordinary empathy.

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My Black students and colleagues taught me how to embrace my Asian American identity

I used to think I needed to ‘adapt to whiteness.’ Now I know better. 

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These Memphis schools were the first to get a COVID scare last year. Their experiences warned of the challenges to come.

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My son has intellectual disabilities. He deserves a rich and challenging curriculum.

He is not developmentally 5 years old. He is a teenager with his own interests, experiences, and opinions. 

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These are the lessons from remote learning I’m taking back to campus

We’ve lost a lot this past year. Here’s what we gained.

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‘I don’t want to forget him’: How a close-knit Detroit school coped with the death of a mentor and role model

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A ‘daunting, dark and difficult’ time: How a Brooklyn school moved forward after losing its leader to COVID

Brooklyn Democracy Academy Principal Dez-Ann Romain died of the coronavirus. Here’s how her NYC school persevered after losing their leader to COVID-19.

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I’m 17. Here’s how this pandemic year changed me.

At first I was adrift. Then I found purpose.

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‘I never ever imagined this’: How the pandemic tightened bonds between parents and teachers at one southwest Denver school 

Denver’s Newlon Elementary School has some students at home and some learning in person. On the anniversary of nationwide school shutdowns, here’s a look at how they adapted.

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