Every day millions of black and brown children enter public schools that are not prepared to do well with them. You read about it every day and over time it may seem the picture is too bleak to fix. It’s not. Our children are brilliant and their communities are amazing. Yet, the system we all invest in to empower them has never lived up to its promise. That must change. We must change it. It starts with telling the truth.

Founded in 2015 by Chris Stewart, Citizen Ed is a weekly education reader highlighting honestly told stories about public schools from the urban grassroots. Each week we look across the country for stories written by people of color who have unique and insightful views about public schooling in their communities. We believe media coverage about education too often marginalize the voices of parents, students, and educators who have the most to lose when schools fail, so we draw from blogs and local writers who might otherwise get lost in the mix.

Please send us your submissions if you want us to highlight your blog or articles at content@citizen.education.