Valentina Korkes

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Chief of Staff

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Valentina Korkes is Chief of Staff for Education Post. She joined Education Post in 2014 as Deputy Director of Policy, building on her two and a half years as a Legislative Projects Manager at StudentsFirst. While at StudentsFirst, Valentina worked in a handful of states across the U.S. to ensure quality education policies were being passed into law. Valentina has also worked in Ann Arbor Public Schools to ensure coordination between schools, the local judicial system, and students’ attorneys, social workers and families.

She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education policy and leadership from the University of Michigan.

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Posted July 13, 2017

Dear Betsy, You Need to Get Serious About Addressing Sexual Assault

Dear Betsy, I think you’re having kind of a tough time in your new role. You’ve got a non-existent relationship…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted June 27, 2017

Will States Hold Their Schools Accountable Under ESSA? A New Report Sheds Some Light

The ever-reliable edu-wonks over at Bellwether Education Partners, along with the trusted folks at Collaborative for Student Success (CSS), have…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted May 19, 2017

A Letter to Betsy DeVos About My Student Loans

Dear Secretary DeVos, You and I have a lot in common. We’re both from the great state of Michigan and…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Mar. 30, 2017

Like Beyoncé, Charter Schools Are Evolving and Improving. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Recent reports on the state of the sector from two major charter organizations—National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

We Stand Up for Kids Even When You Don’t Want Us To

Women education bloggers from around the country shared their thoughts on what it means to be, raise and educate women…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson, Katelyn Silva, Valentina Korkes

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016

I’m Not Worried About What President Trump Will Do For Education. I’m Terrified.

It’s barely been a day since the American people and political system voted Donald Trump into the White House. Since…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Oct. 14, 2016

Finally, the Candidates Discuss Education Policy

Well, folks, we’re 288 days into the worst election year of all time but we’ve finally got some answers on…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted June 17, 2016

Virtual Charter Schools Are Failing Students. Here’s Some Solutions.

It’s no secret: I think charter schools need to be watched like a hawk to make sure they’re giving kids…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

Here’s to Making Charter Schools Better in Michigan

Being from Michigan, generally, is a wonderful thing. Great people, Great Lakes, you get the picture. When it’s not so…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Gov. Snyder, Michigan Students Deserve Better

Ask anyone who has had a longer-than-five minute conversation with me: I love being from Michigan. We’ve got lakes for…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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