In my 14 years as an educator, I have stood in the front of many different classrooms. I have taught in public and private schools, in high schools and two-year colleges, in schools with generous budgets and ones with little. What I have learned in those years is that not all schools are equal—so not all students will leave public education equally prepared for adult life in our society. In Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out! Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement, Warren (2018) brings to light the stories of people who seek to reform public schools, particularly for students of color. Their circumstances vary, but their goal is the same: to lift up all schools to be safe and caring places where students are valued and prepared for productive adult lives. Their stories tell of the difficult road they have traveled and the need for alliances among citizens working together for educational justice.

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