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US Education Secretary John King has a powerful opinion piece in the Washington Post this week, focused on the "invisible tax" that teachers of color pay, which he describes this way:

It is also paid when they have to be on high alert to prepare their students for racism outside of school. “Every time I take my students to an engineering competition, or to speak with industry partners, or to tour colleges, I have to have the code-switching talk,” explained Harry Preston, an African American physics teacher in Baltimore. “That is a mental tax I personally pay as an educator.”

Erika Sanzi wants you to know what's really going on when Boston Public School students walk out today, on the first day of statewide math testing, no less.

Lavita Tuff at Blavity wants to see activism translate into voting behavior:

In a survey done last year by the Black Youth Project , 70.8 percent of young black people believed that by participating in politics, they can make a difference. The survey also showed that 68.5 percent of black youth believed that the leaders in government care very little about people like them. With the increased mobilization of movements through Black Lives Matter and the increased number of us who are “woke,” it’s hard to believe that these statistics have decreased. 

Finally, surprise, surprise: the Texas courts didn't solve the problem of school financing this week! We're still dancing around the core issue: in the 21st century, it's ludicrous - and fundamentally unjust - to finance schools with property taxes. There, I said it. Come at me, bro.