Posts from May 2016

Posted May 31, 2016
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How ‘Comunitarios’ Are Changing the Way Schools and Communities Collaborate

How familiar is this? A Spanish-speaking mother makes several trips to talk to a counselor so that her ninth-grade daughter is enrolled in algebra II.…

By Aurelio M. Montemayor

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Posted May 31, 2016
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Teachers Are Picking Up Where Presidential Candidates Are Falling Short

It was a student who pointed it out to me. “Hey Miss! Why aren’t the presidential candidates talking about our schools?” My sociology students were…

By Anne Rawley Eden

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Posted May 31, 2016
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Here’s How Chicago Charter Public Schools Are Doing More With Less

New state data by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) reveal a troubling truth: Most Illinois districts are spending beyond their means and are…

By Dan Alexander

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Posted May 31, 2016
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Education Reform Advocacy Is About Addition Not Subtraction

Last week a long-simmering debate about which kinds of diversity—ideological, political, socioeconomic, racial or ethnic—should matter most in our education reform community boiled over into…

By Martín Pérez

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Posted May 27, 2016
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Audacity of Nope: You Want People of Color Until You Don’t

I’d never say conservatives, especially those in education reform, have been cowed into silence. Conservatives tend to run the game, be quick to assume power…

By Alma V. Marquez

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Posted May 27, 2016
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Being Undocumented Isn’t Going to Stop Me From Going to College

In Honduras, my mother finished the equivalent of high school. She wanted to go on to college, but it’s a poor country, so she couldn’t…

By Dairyn Oliva Navarro

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Posted May 27, 2016
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It Took 9 Years But My Family’s Lessons Got Me Through College

When I walked onto the campus of DePaul University in the fall of 2003, I was scared. I felt prepared academically. Socially, I could hold…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted May 27, 2016
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My Sister Led the Way for Me to Go to College

Though I am in the first generation of my family to go to college, it was my eldest sister who inspired me to follow in…

By Quibila Divine

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Posted May 26, 2016
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How My Charter School Family Inspired Me to Be Nothing Less Than Exceptional and Gave Me a Life Full of Choices

Family aren’t just the people you’re related to, but the people who encourage you, and I consider so many people in KIPP New Orleans to…

By Brandi Slyve

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Posted May 26, 2016
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I Didn’t Get to #ProofPointDay on My Own

Weeks ago I attended a gala for a local nonprofit that was held in a beautiful historic courthouse, overlooking the Boston Harbor. Though I’ve been…

By Patty Diaz-Andrade

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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