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Stand Up for DREAMers: An Update on DACA

Aug 18, 202223 min read
Stand Up for DREAMers: An Update on DACA
The future of DACA is once again left in limbo. Earlier in July, a federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). This decision, which will most likely be decided in a few months, will affect the future of over 600,000 DREAMers – […]

Stand Up For Our Students: Why I Ran For School Board

Jul 15, 202202 min read
three children reading books sitting on cushions
I ran for the school board in Pleasantville because I believe all children deserve to receive the best educational and emotional support. I’m a mother of three students who currently attend Pleasantville public schools, and my fourth child will be enrolling this fall. Pleasantville is a diverse city in southern New Jersey with classrooms filled […]

Together We Win: A School Board Victory in Croydon

Jun 30, 202202 min read
Together We Win: A School Board Victory in Croydon
We needed 283 votes to save our school. Little Red is a K-4 school, the only school in Croydon. The older students are allowed to choose one of the nearby middle and high schools to attend, and our district covers the expenses. That’s how the original budget worked at least.   We got our last […]

What’s Scary About Teaching Black History?

Feb 16, 202202 min read
What’s Scary About Teaching Black History?
Black History Month has always had its detractors. Since its widespread emergence in America’s schools in the 1970s, there have been people scattered across the country who despise that children in their communities have a designated opportunity to learn about the resistance, resilience and remarkable talents of Black Americans. But it was never a nationwide […]

Locking Kids Up Isn’t the Answer

Jan 31, 202202 min read
Locking Kids Up Isn’t the Answer
I was 10 years old when I had my first encounter with the police. By 11, I was locked in a juvenile detention center for the first time. My adolescence was spent in and out of the system, and when I was 17, I was waived into the adult system. I didn’t get out until […]

3 in 10 Teachers Say They May Quit This Year

Jan 18, 202202 min read
3 in 10 Teachers Say They May Quit This Year
With all that public school teachers have endured these past two years, you would hope that politicians would be doing whatever possible to provide more support and encouragement. Instead, in many places across the U.S., teachers are under attack. Recent public opinion research conducted by SurveyUSA, an independent research firm, and commissioned by Stand for Children, shows […]