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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

VIDEO: She Went From Four Years in Prison to Earning a Four-Year Degree

Meet Lily Gonzalez. At the age of 25, the South Central Los Angeles resident was convicted of a non-violent offense for a crime she committed…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Oct. 31, 2017

I Didn’t Just ‘Settle’ for Teaching, I Joined TFA Because I Wanted to Teach

It is no secret that teachers in the U.S. are underpaid for one of the hardest jobs available, if not the hardest. I remember telling…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

VIDEO: Why I Drive More Than an Hour a Day in L.A. Traffic to Get My Kid a Great Education

Meet Alma Marquez. The California native has over 25 years of experience working with parents in the Latino community to find and fight for great…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

You Can’t Deny Our Stories. We Are First-Generation Students Organizing for a Revolution in Our Schools.

For first-generation college students, having to overcome some adversity is often a common shared experience. Despite the challenges we have faced, being able to sit…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

Parents Do Care, They Just Have to Work, Too

When parents have to work two or even three jobs at a time to make ends meet, their schedule is stretched tight. Many times they…

By Cindy Borbon

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

A Transgender Kindergartner Brought a Book for the Class to Read and Parents Tried to Ban It

Last June, a kindergartner brought a book to Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school outside Sacramento, and asked her teacher to read it at story…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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Posted July 27, 2017

Stop Telling Students They Need to Leave ‘The Hood’ to Be Successful

“¡Mija, ya vamonos! Es hora de ir a la escuela.” I quickly shoved my notebook into my blue Jansport backpack, careful to not widen the hole…

By Desiree Martinez

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Posted June 12, 2017

These 4 Educators of Color Want to Start Charter Schools in Los Angeles But It’s Not That Easy

During tomorrow’s Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meeting, four men of color will petition to open three new charter schools in very high-need areas…

By Ana Beatriz Cholo

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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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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