Alex Cortez

Guest Blogger

Managing Partner, New Profit

Brookline, Massachusetts

Alex Cortez is a managing partner focused on K-12 systems change at New Profit, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy. Before joining New Profit, Alex served as chief of staff, strategy and execution for KIPP Houston Public Schools. He also served at the KIPP Foundation as a regional director of network growth and sustainability and was a consulting manager at the Bridgespan Group.

Alex graduated with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University, received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Originally from New Orleans, Alex currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his partner, Jenny, and her daughter, Alexis. Alex’s blog reflect his own views and not necessarily those of his organization.

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

Educationally Underserved Communities in Massachusetts Deserve the Dignity of Making their Own Choices

The Massachusetts ballot initiative to raise the cap on public charter school growth will provide families living in low-income, urban…

By Alex Cortez

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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