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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 5, 2017

My Mom (and KIPP) Don’t Just Hope for Me to Go to College, They Expect It

My family is from the Dominican Republic. I was raised by a single parent in a low-income household. My mother has been set on me going to college. She doesn’t hope for it—she expects it, especially since my older sister graduated from college and is now in grad school. I’m going to be the second person in my family to graduate from college.…

By Fernando Barrientos

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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 education plays a central role…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

I Do More Before 9 a.m. Than Most People All Day. I’m a KIPP College Counselor.

If you’re the first person to go to college in your family, then it can be an overwhelming, exciting, scary, awesome time. You still need the support of the people who’ve been there with you from the beginning.…

By Roneshia Ray

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017

Michelle Obama Isn’t in the White House But She’s Still on for #CollegeSigningDay

There’s nothing quite like walking around with former First Lady Michelle Obama when she’s meeting students for the first time. I’ve seen her stroll across…

By Eric Waldo

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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 Apr. 13, 2017

The White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts to Community Service Programs Will Leave Students Behind

The current budget proposal the White House has submitted to Congress eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency…

By Christine Poorman, Rebeca Nieves Huffman

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017

No One Should Ever Have to Feel Like They’re Not Smart Enough

“I could never make it there,” they said. “I am just not smart enough,” they explained. Those were some of the comments I heard from…

By Viviana Martin-Gonzalez

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017

When Parents Don’t Trust School Vouchers, Community Advocates Can Lead Them to Tax-Credit Scholarships

On Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, sandwiched between a quesadilla restaurant and Helen’s Hair Design, sits a tiny, nondescript storefront. Inside, at Asian Youth Services (AYS), quiet…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 27, 2017

Our Students’ Bilingualism Is an Asset, Not a Deficit

If ever there were reason to rejoice over a standardized test, this is the time. Let me explain. I oversee curriculum and assessment for the…

By Evan Gutierrez

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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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