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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

Somehow, while managing a sprawling network of public charter schools serving 15,000 children, engaging in the day-to-day political combat of New York, and raising three…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 8, 2017

If Politicians Won’t Step Up To Lead the Fight For Free College Tuition, Students Will.

Across the country, states like New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee are eliminating college tuition to help more students earn a higher education. But…

By Maxwell Lubin

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Posted June 1, 2017

I Got an Email That My Former Student Graduated and I Wish His Dad Could Have Seen Him

Last Friday I had a fire in my apartment. Everyone is fine, thank God, and I’ve been taking care of the clean-up, paperwork and phone…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

I Told My Daughter She’d Better Not Become a Teacher Like Me

“Make sure you contribute to the TDA [Tax-Deferred Annuity]!,” I hear. “Teachers retire as millionaires!,” I hear. I listen faithfully and every paycheck a deduction…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Mar. 3, 2017

To All the Teachers Worried About Trump and DeVos, There Is Something You Can Do

“Betsy DeVos just got confirmed as secretary of education.” My colleague, a principal in Brooklyn, glanced at me with worried eyes. I was at a…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted Feb. 6, 2017

After My Mom Died, I Thought I Would Never Work Through My Depression and Do Well in School

When I first heard the soul crushing news that my mother passed away, my entire body went into a state of numbness. It was 2012,…

By Zachary Dorcinville

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Posted Feb. 1, 2017

Coffee Break: How Do We Work With Communities to Build Quality School Choices? Janeene Freeman Has Some Answers

In December of 2016, the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) announced its new Chief Executive Officer, Janeene Freeman. NECSN works to support and expand quality…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Jan. 25, 2017

Here’s How We Support the Schools Who Help the Kids Most at Risk

Did you know that students from low-income families are five times more likely to drop out of high school than their high-income counterparts? Enter New…

By Lisa DiGaudio

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Posted Jan. 20, 2017

What The Atlantic Got Wrong About Charter Schools and Segregation

George Joseph’s article, What Betsy DeVos Didn’t Say About School Choice, claims that charter schools “have pushed more low-income, minority students into even more racially…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps that’s why Mendell Grinter, was…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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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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