Caroline Bermudez

Posted Apr. 17, 2017

It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Nov. 15, 2016

The Children’s President: A Love Letter to Barack Obama

Before the election, I told a friend I was going to miss the president when he left office. He replied, “Obama is the Kennedy of…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

All She Had to Do Was Take a Plane Full of Gangbangers to Ground Zero and Now Bertie Simmons Runs a ‘Super School’

Bertie Simmons might be America’s oldest high school principal and she also may be its toughest. In 2000, reeling from the recent death of her…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Oct. 12, 2016

I’m Latina and Immigration Is Not One of My Top Issues During This Election Cycle

A recent report from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) lends credence to an old complaint often made but rarely acknowledged. An increasing number…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Oct. 11, 2016

See Why These Kids and Teachers in San Diego Are Screaming in Celebration

Through XQ: The Super School Project, 10 schools have been awarded the chance to create novel approaches to educating high-school students. Cynics have been dismissive…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

Local Education Philanthropy: The Story No One is Talking About

Our understanding of philanthropy is faulty. Judging by news stories, commentaries, and blogs, one would assume the billion-dollar foundations of Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Sep. 12, 2016

No Surprise, Carol Burris Misses the Mark on California Charter Schools

Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, writes about “a never-ending stream of charter scandals coming from California” in Valerie Strauss’ Answer…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Aug. 25, 2016

Want ‘Local Control’? Here’s Another Example of School Districts Failing to Support the Kids Who Need It Most

A new article in The Atlantic details another example of how the most needy kids in our schools are not getting the money that was…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Aug. 23, 2016

Bill Gates Talks to Washington State Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling About ‘Nerd Farming’

Earlier this year, Beyoncé dropped a surprise video, “Formation,” a bold declaration of pride, of outrage, and of ambition, especially when she sang, “I just…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Aug. 8, 2016

Why Do Some of Our Most Desirable Cities Have the Worst School District Ratings?

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) recently released its annual list of America’s most and least educated cities among 150 metropolitan areas determined by the percentage…

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago Is Raising Them

Today, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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