A 7th Grade Student’s Poem for Black Lives in Los Angeles

Black Potential by Te’Aunee Turner We are BLACK, We are BROWN and we are even more than what they make us seem. They make us seem weak, worthless, and they use us as scapegoats. But the fact is We are preachers, teachers, singers, fighters, and leaders. Don’t you try to put US down because they […]

How LAUSD’s Teacher Problem is a Moment of Truth for Progressive Future of California

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – MLK Jr. I: Standing with Our Teachers This week national attention will continue following the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) over the bevy of tensions with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) called out in their five-day work stoppage […]

Better Late Than Never: Educating One Young Hyena in Los Angeles, Part I

It was 2007, or what was supposed to be my Junior year at John Marshall High. But like most students in the Los Angeles Unified School District that school-year — 48% according to official estimates — I wasn’t set to graduate on time. Most of high school was a whirlwinding hayride for me, and “the […]