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Suspension Simply Wasn’t the Answer. And That Happens A Lot.

Her name is Alexandra. She was a student in a school where I used to work and she was one of those kids who challenges you, causes her share of trouble, and comes to appreciate and love you deeply when you’ve earned her trust. Oh, she steals your heart too. To this day, a letter… Continue reading Suspension Simply Wasn’t the Answer. And That Happens A Lot.

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Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent at This School

I write from a place of privilege today.  I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of the fatal school stabbing was named Matthew. I have a Matthew too. I owe it to every parent who does worry to try and put myself in their shoes and… Continue reading Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent at This School

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Black and Brown Students: Kumbaya, You’re Suspended

By Beth Hawkins (This piece is about Minneapolis, Minnesota and should be a call to action for all of us to look into what is happening in our city and our state. ) You can’t both call for restorative discipline and grease the school-to-prison pipeline Let’s make a deal. Let’s add “restorative discipline” to the… Continue reading Black and Brown Students: Kumbaya, You’re Suspended