All children deserve a public school that serves them as they are.

About fifteen years ago as a professor I had a future teacher say to me, “I will never teach a black student, I can’t.” With a family deeply rooted in the KKK this student was 19 years old and conflicted. He had been taught (or rather he learned and internalized from life experiences) that his skin color awarded certain benefits (and those benefits were not to be shared).

In that moment with his honesty (and my shock) I was faced with a few challenges. The path I chose was to have a conversation about what being a…