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Susan Naimark
Susan Naimark is the author of the newly released The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools (Levellers Press). She served eight years on the City of Boston’s school board, and was a founder of the Boston Parent Organizing Network. Naimark is an independent consultant and trainer who works with community-based organizations, nonprofit and public agencies, focusing in the areas of community building, public education and racial justice organizing.

Entries by Susan Naimark

Tired of All the Talk About Ferguson?

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:50 AM

I am.

But what I'm really tired of is the unfair treatment of African-Americans by mainstream America that is still so pervasive.

I'm tired of conversations about race and racism that go nowhere, or worse, push us deeper into our silos.

Somewhere along the way, I got tired of being...

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White on White: We All Have a Role in Working for Racial Justice

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:23 PM

The debate continues about the extent of racism in the United States today. George Zimmerman again makes headlines this week, a previous unknown until he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a highly charged "stand your ground" case. "Post-racial" is rapidly going the...

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How Strong, and for Who?

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 1:20 PM

2013-06-24-BostonStrong2resized.jpgIt's been just over two months since that sunny Monday in April was suddenly and cruelly interrupted. In a flash, two powerful explosions at the marathon finish line reduced one of Boston's premiere public events to chaos. Three innocent bystanders lost their lives,...

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Boston Lockdown: Still Stunned From Monday

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:35 PM

I never thought an entire city of 600,000 people could be locked down. Here in my Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, all is quiet today. Way too quiet. I can count on my fingers how many cars have driven down my normally busy street all day. Not a sound drifts...

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"Nobody Asked Us!" School Closings, Public Decision-Making, and, Yes, There Is a Better Way

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Last week, thousands of teachers, parents, students and community leaders showed up in Chicago's downtown loop to protest the closing of 54 schools. Chicago is not alone: from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, public schools are being shuttered in low-income, urban communities of color. The stated reasons are similar:...

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Parents, Teachers and Unions: Can't We All Just Get Along?

(90) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 3:37 PM

Widespread shuttering of public schools has filled the news this month -- from New York to Chicago, Philadelphia to Birmingham, Ala. Triggered by a convergence of forces, including the growth of charter schools, new accountability systems, and dwindling state budgets, the atrophying...

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How Do You Measure Expectations?

(28) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 3:43 PM

The elections are finally behind us, with education reform still on the national agenda. Thank goodness. The United States remains the only developed country with no coherent national education policy, and with woefully inadequate funding of our public schools.

President Obama's first term was marked by his Race...

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Education Reform: We're Having the Wrong Conversation

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 6:26 PM

The start of a new school year. My Facebook friend's posts are filled with nostalgic first-day-of-school photos. The kids stand tall and proud, all shiny and full of hope. Parents share their excitement, sometimes with a tinge of dread. This annual ritual marks our children's inevitable march towards becoming Educated...

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