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A podcast exploring the root causes of educational inequality and the hope we have for a better path forward.

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A podcast exploring the root causes of educational inequality and the hope we have for a better path forward.

    Pioneering a New Education Path (feat. Kevin Chavous)

    Pioneering a New Education Path (feat. Kevin Chavous)

    For this episode, Kevin Chavous, President of K12, Inc. attorney, author, and former District of Columbia city councilman, joins me to discuss his extensive background in education and his hope for K-12 education in a time of Covid-19 and beyond.

    • 40 min
    Why does the Federal Government Care so much about School Choice? (feat. Terris Todd)

    Why does the Federal Government Care so much about School Choice? (feat. Terris Todd)

    Why is federal support for education freedom so important? During this episode, Terris Todd, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African-Americans, join me to discuss his background in education and why he decided to fight at the federal level to promote education freedom for Black students.

    • 18 min
    Fighting Outside the Ring (feat. Ron Rice)

    Fighting Outside the Ring (feat. Ron Rice)

    A study by the Thomas Fordman Institute found that Black students in charter schools are more likely to have black teachers than their peers in traditional public schools, which lead to academic gains.    

    For this episode, Ron Rice, charter school expert, and former New Jersey councilman joins me and our new co-host, Briana Gilchrist, to discuss the controversial development of charter schools and the hope for black empowerment.

    • 35 min
    Who's paying for your toilet paper?

    Who's paying for your toilet paper?

    School Funding and Upward Mobility.  District contracts are not given out equally. During this episode, we discuss how school districts can do a better job ensuring Blacks have access to district contracts and more.  

    Panelist: Curtis Valentine, Director of Reinventing Public Education at the Progressive Policy Institute,  Paul Dauphin, Louisiana State Deputy Director at the Louisiana Federation for Children, and Emory Edwards, Outreach Director at EdChoice

    • 1 hr 4 min
    What would the schools in Wakanda look like?

    What would the schools in Wakanda look like?

    What would the schools in Wakanda look like?  During this episode, the women of Wakanda brainstorm how education would be approached in the Black Panther's kingdom of Wakanda. 

    Panelist: Tanesha Peeples, Deputy Director of Activist Development at Brightbeam Network  

    Naomi Shelton, Director of Community Engagement at KIPP,  

    Lisa Watson, Kansas City Grassroots Advocate  

    Briana Gilchrist, NJ Charter School Alum/Advocate

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Evolution of School Choice in Tennessee (feat. Rep. John DeBerry and Shaka Mitchell)

    The Evolution of School Choice in Tennessee (feat. Rep. John DeBerry and Shaka Mitchell)

    In this conversation, we will rewind the clocks of time to talk about the evolution of

    school options in Tennessee with the leaders who are making it happen. What’s

    changed and what stayed the same? In this episode, we are joined by Rep. John

    DeBerry. John DeBerry, Jr. has served House District 90 for the past 26 years in the

    Tennessee House of Representatives.

    • 34 min

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