Borders Shouldn’t Keep Refugee Children Out of America, Nor Should They Keep Black and Brown Children Out of Good Schools

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A growing number of people are outraged by our current immigration debacle involving refugees on the southern border of the United States: children in concentration camps and denied basic services, like blankets and soap. Many folks so outraged see inhumanity not only in the treatment of refugees upon arrival, but also […]

With the Right Team of Adults Behind Her, My Autistic Child Is Killing It at School

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Nationwide, health coverage for autism-related services is seriously lacking. In my home state of Illinois, advocates are pushing newly elected Governor Pritzker to expand Medicaid coverage for early intervention therapies for children with autism. Research shows that early intervention can make a remarkable difference in children’s academic outcomes. This was also the case in […]

Do We Have to Call in the National Guard to Protect the Civil Rights of Students With Disabilities?

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The question must be asked: What do we have to do to get school districts to follow the law and give students who are disabled the services they are legally entitled to receive?   I’ll give you an example. Chicago Public Schools was illegally limiting access to special education services in an […]

Black Folks: We Need to Work, Support, and Donate to Black Non-Profit Organizations.

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Dear Black Folks: We need to have a hard, honest, but real conversation. We have a race problem in the social service sector, a lack of Black ran organizations, leaders, and Black created policies. Right now, we have White folks (well-intentioned, I am sure) but White people, who have professionalized […]

A Lesson on the Difference Between Diversity and Anti-Racism (Oak Park Edition)

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As a racial scholar and advocate, with an interest in White liberal northern racism, I’ve been closely following the racial equity “vision statement” conversation  with Oak Park Village Board. First it’s amazing that there is this much struggle over A VISION STATEMENT! It’s just words! There is literally nothing actually […]