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 4, 2017

Mayor James Diossa Is Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

These kids get only one shot at an education. —James Diossa Mayor James Diossa calls his community “the comeback city” and…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 28, 2017

Netflix Series ‘13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts and Educators Worried

The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

His Students Didn’t Think You Could Be Black and a Principal. He’s Proving Them Wrong.

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Martí worked as…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

My 4th- and 6th-Graders Are Reading the Same Book in School. Should I Be Worried?

My fourth-grader and sixth-grader are reading the same book in school right now. That’s right. The book is “The Lightning…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

At Last Night’s DeVos Hearing Our Elected Leaders Saw Children’s Futures as an Opportunity for Theater

Well, my head exploded last night and I lay the blame at the feet of Democrats and Republicans. In fact,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016

When It Comes to Fighting for Kids, Hillary Will Be a Voice in My Head

I voted for Hillary Clinton. I wasn’t excited about it as so many other women, young and old, were. And…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Facebook Is Teaming Up With District and Charter Schools to Make High School a Little Less Boring

In his new book about charter schools, The Founders, Richard Whitmire makes a simple assertion in Chapter 15: “High school…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Somerville Welcomes New XQ Super School: Powderhouse Studios

A big congratulations is in order for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts who recently learned they will be the home…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 1, 2016

After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

I talk about expectations all the time and how we must ensure that the bar for our students and our…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 6, 2016

Good News for Common Core in Massachusetts

Massachusetts students, educators and taxpayers went into the Fourth of July weekend with much to celebrate about the future of…

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Posted May 11, 2017

It’s Not Just About What Happens in School, After School Matters, Too

President Trump’s “skinny budget” for the coming fiscal year is chock full of proposed cutbacks to longstanding federal programs. But one of his most surprising…

By Jodi Grant

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Posted May 10, 2017

Why Poor College Kids Like Us Need to Start Asking for the Help We Need

Growing up, my parents embedded the ideology that I should be happy and grateful for what I have. My mother would say, “Aunque seamos pobres,…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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