Ceresta Smith, veteran teacher and activist from Miami, and Karran Harper Royal, parent activist from New Orleans, say exit exams in both states feed the school-to-prison-pipeline and promote inequity. For this discussion and more with these two local and national activists, listen to the July 25 edition of The Education Town Hall:

KHRoyalKarran Harper Royal works as an Education Advocate in New Orleans and as the Assistant Director of Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center where she is the co-host of Pyramid Parent Talk, a radio show on WBOK radio in New Orleans. Mrs. Harper Royal is also a consultant with the Southern Poverty Law Center and is a contributor with Research on Reforms. She’s a member of the Coalition for Community Schools, the Louisiana Coalition for Public Education and the New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable. She’s appeared in several television broadcasts, publications and speaks nationally and internationally about public education in New Orleans.

ceresta-smith-150x150Ceresta Smith teaches language arts in John A. Ferguson High in Miami, FL. She is on the Save Our Schools Steering Committee and one of the administrators for United Opt Out, an organization committed to end high stakes testing and it negative impact on teaching and learning. Within the context of both organizations, I have done the following: organized national events, engaged in student outreach, and built coalitions between National Black Educator Association and Selma Voting Rights/Jubilee.

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