Erika Sanzi

Guest Blogger

Parent and Former Teacher

Cumberland, Rhode Island

Erika Sanzi is a mother of three sons and taught in public schools in Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island. She has served on her local school board in Cumberland, Rhode Island, advocated for fair school funding at the state level, and worked on campaigns of candidates she considers to be champions for kids and true supporters of great schools. She is currently a Fordham senior visiting fellow.

Erika blogs about education in Rhode Island and New England at Good School Hunting.

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Posted May 30, 2018

Roseanne Isn’t the Only One Who Needs to Be Cancelled

America could really use some role models and yet somehow, time and time again, entertainment and media find a way…

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Posted May 18, 2018

If Your Kid Is Watching ‘13 Reasons Why’ Then You Might Want to Read This

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and that is either the perfect—or most imperfect—time for the release of Season 2 of…

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Posted Apr. 30, 2018

What If Students Were Walking Out for Better Schools?

Student walkouts have been a hot topic lately and the media has been quick to swoon with round-the-clock coverage. There…

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

Why Is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?

Having grown up on a reservation in Reno, Nevada, Phil Gover of Oklahoma is committed to improving education for Native…

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

My Kids Are Obsessed With ‘Fortnite’ and It’s Not Such a Bad Thing

“Fortnite” has taken over my house and there’s a good chance it has taken over yours, too. It is the…

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

Educators Take Center Stage at Betsy DeVos’ Summit on School Discipline

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, hosted a summit yesterday on school safety and climate so that she could hear…

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Posted Mar. 26, 2018

Principals Can’t Build Strong Schools When They Have to Spend So Much Time on Discipline

Recently, East Providence High School’s wrestling team was caught with alcohol, drugs and vaping products on a team trip. As…

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

I Support Student Walkouts But Not Without Consequences

This Wednesday, students are walking out of America’s schools in protest of gun violence. It’s projected that 2,500 schools will participate.…

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

There Wasn’t Just One Reason That Led to Parkland

“You can’t handle the truth.” I’m beginning to think there was great wisdom in these five words uttered by Colonel…

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Posted Feb. 26, 2018

Our Students Deserve a ‘Transformational’ Teachers Union Contract, and So Do Our Teachers!

A transformational contract. These three words are music to my ears. They were uttered recently by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza,…

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 17, 2018

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together for Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 17, 2018

4 Things Every First-Year Teacher Needs to Know

Recently, I shared with a colleague that I was about to start my new job as an assistant professor of education, assisting first-year teachers as…

By Zachary Wright 

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