Halli Bayer

Guest Blogger

Attorney and Former Educator

Los Angeles, California

Halli Bayer is an attorney and former middle school English teacher. Since she left the classroom, she has been working in public education law, policy and funding. Halli lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Posted June 29, 2016

How California’s Education Politics Brought Me to Tears, Again

You know how Tom Hanks’ character in “A League of Their Own” insists that there’s “no crying in baseball”? For…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted May 10, 2016

Integration Is Hard, But These Schools Are Doing It

When was the last time you walked into a school and saw a rainbow of students of different races and…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Apr. 27, 2016

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Ramona Patrick on Diversity and Busy Summers

Ramona Patrick is the founding principal of Citizens of the World, Silver Lake in Los Angeles. The Citizens of the…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016

Coffee Break: L.A. School Board Candidate on Downward Dogs, Underdogs and Finding His ‘Happy Place’

Nick Melvoin is an ed reformer running to represent District 4 on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board.…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Mar. 2, 2016

Are Black and Latino Students Stuck With Low-Performing Teachers? Vergara Might Give Us an Answer

I used to teach in a Los Angeles Unified school, so the Vergara court case about teacher tenure is not…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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