Erika Sanzi

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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 Jan. 18, 2017
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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,…

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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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…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016
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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…

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016
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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…

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Posted Aug. 1, 2016
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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…

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Posted July 6, 2016
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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 June 2, 2016
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I Actually Think Robert Pondiscio Raised Important and Fair Questions

I’m on a bit of an island this week. While many reformers pile on to Robert Pondiscio for his piece…

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Posted May 25, 2016
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Coffee Break: Charter Leader Beth Anderson on TFA Inspiration, Moments of Triumph, and ‘Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution’

Beth Anderson, founder of the Phoenix Charter School Academy Network in Massachusetts, thought she knew what a hard life looked…

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Posted May 16, 2016
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Hey Edu-Moms, Let’s Remember How Much We Have in Common

We celebrated Mother’s Day last week and I got to thinking. There are so many incredible Moms on both sides…

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Posted Mar. 18, 2016
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School Discipline Is a Big Issue, But That NYT Headline Is Not Helping Anyone

Perhaps it was written to be clickbait, but the New York Times put a pot-stirring headline on a story that…

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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