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Trymaine Lee
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Of all the destruction that gun violence has heaped on the residents of Chicago’s most vulnerable and depleted neighborhoods, physical wounds may not cast the longest shadow. It may instead be the trauma of witnessing repeated acts of violence, of losing loved ones and any sense of safety; of living – for all intents and purposes – in a war zone.

There is a growing body of research around soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder and a number of programs have been launched to treat them. But what happens when the war is at home, the soldiers are civilians and the trenches are city blocks, playgrounds and front porches?
There's growing understanding of PTSD in veterans. But what of those who witness the war at home? Gun-weary Chicagoans struggle to reckon with the bloodshed.
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Of the 200,000 calls Tribal Police respond to on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation each year, about 80% are alcohol related. Alcohol is banned on the reservation, and police spend a dizzying amount of time and resources enforcing that ban.
Law and disorder on the Pine Ridge Reservation. By <em>Trymaine Lee</em> and Amy Pereira. Manderson, S.D.— About 35 tribal police officers on the Pine Ridge Indian&nbsp;...
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As the national debate over charter schools heats up, the epicenter is New York City, where a controversial policy has exposed a system of haves and have-nots.
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Amid mounting pressure from school advocates and civil rights groups, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday that he would release $45 million in funding that he’d been withholding from the beleaguered Philadelphia School District
In the shadow of a Philadelphia schoolgirl's death and amid mounting pressure, Gov. Tom Corbett said he will release $45 million in withheld school funding.
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On 13th Street in Goldsboro, the city of Sanford's historic black neighborhood, folks are waiting for a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Trayvon Martin wasn't killed in Goldsboro. He was shot a few miles away across town. But it is here, literally on the other side of the tracks, where the first rallies and protests began. And it is here where the relationship between the black community and the police is most strained. Here's my account of life along 13th Street.
Along 13th Street, residents are following Zimmerman’s trial closely from local bars and over games of dominoes. Some say that what hinges on the outcome of the case is what blacks here have been owed far too long— justice.
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In Louisiana, violence is black and white in its love affair with guns. As the blood continues to spill in cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge, lawmakers are pushing through legislation that would further loosen the state's already lax gun laws.
Louisiana has the highest gun-murder rate in the country. Yet state lawmakers have pushed an aggressive campaign to loosen the state’s already lax gun laws. A coalition of Republicans and white Democrats have banded together to fight gun control efforts of a small minority of mostly black legislators.
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Glimmers of hope on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Manderson, South Dakota — The big open sky over the <em>Pine Ridge Indian</em> <em>Reservation</em> swelled angrily, breaking into a million tiny shards of ice&nbsp;...
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The education of Native American youth is tied up in a jumble of federal, state and tribal systems that often overlap but hardly ever bolster their abysmal academic outcomes. This is a story about how the government is failing America's most forgotten children.
By <em>Trymaine Lee</em>. MANDERSON, South Dakota — In almost any other context it would be a given, an expectation as simple as a dark cloud&nbsp;...
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Despite dramatic upticks in overall student achievement, the racial gap between white and minority high school students remains wide as ever.
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See part 6 of my chapter by chapter review of Reign of Error, by Diane Ravitch where I challenge the notion that we are making significant progress in narrowing the performance gap. We will not eliminate the performance gap until we change the way we think about the problems of public education. We need to strengthen the ties between schools and their communities, not weaken them, and we need to utilize all of our energy and imagination to engage all parents as partners in the education of their children. All the talk in world won't change the reality until we start doing things differently, one family, one school, and one community at a time. Visit my blog, THE LEADer (Thinking Exponentially: Leadership, Education, and theAmerican Dream at www.melhawkinsandassociates.com/news or check out my book at http://t.co/MklV5p8ukt
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The closure of 23 public schools in Philadelphia has had many ripple effects. Nearly 3,000 district employees have been laid off. Most schools don't have full-time nurses, counselors or assistant principals. And now, many students must take longer, more dangerous walks to new schools. 
Mass school closings have destabilized thousands of black and Latino students.
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Key witness in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial recalls last moments of Trayvon Martin's life.
In halting, sometimes tearful testimony, a friend of Trayvon Martin’s described her last phone call with him, just moments before he was shot.
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Latest in the ongoing debate over federal gun control efforts. Amid backlash and plummeting poll numbers, some who voted no for the original Senate bill that included background checks on all gun sales could be ready to change position. 
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Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who has worked at various publications including The Philadelphia Tribune, The Trentonian, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The New York Times and The Huffington Post.
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