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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

His Students Didn’t Think You Could Be Black and a Principal. He’s Proving Them Wrong.

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Martí worked as an administrator first at Blackstone…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

Should We Prepare Students for College and Career? I Don’t Think We Have a Choice.

Career and technical education (CTE) is undergoing a change across American schools. No longer does it resemble the vocational training programs of 10 or 15…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016

VIDEO: Turns Out Everything I Thought About Public Charter Schools Was Wrong

When I interviewed for a position with Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) in Rhode Island almost three years ago, my perception of “charter schools” was very…

By Alisha Smith

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

Coffee Break: Lori Barden on What Works Best for Schools and Why More Parents Should Run for Political Office

Lori Barden is a parent of two school-aged boys, Tanner (7) and Will (12), who attend an intentionally diverse public charter school in Rhode Island.…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Facebook Is Teaming Up With District and Charter Schools to Make High School a Little Less Boring

In his new book about charter schools, The Founders, Richard Whitmire makes a simple assertion in Chapter 15: “High school is boring.” And judging from…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 6, 2016

Coffee Break: Mike Magee on Cutting Through the Noise, the ‘Pernicious Effect of Racism,’ and Coffee With MLK

Mike Magee was named the first chief executive officer of the national Chiefs for Change in August of 2015—a few months before the passage of the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 9, 2016

Coffee Break: Superintendent Deborah Gist on Moving Home, the Nae Nae and Jumping Out of Planes

Tulsa’s new superintendent of schools, Deborah Gist, described the decision to leave the job as Rhode Island’s education commissioner as “difficult” but there is no…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Feb. 9, 2016

Another State Makes the SAT Free and I’m Proud to Say It’s Mine

One of the most universally persistent challenges in education today is ensuring that access to college is equitable and within reach for all students. In…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

VIDEO: Zip Code School Assignment Didn’t Work Out for Me

Attending a good school in this country is a luxury, and that is wrong. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones, not until I found…

By Dashaun Robinson

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

How a Charter School Saved Us From a Nightmare With Our Son

Until a month before kindergarten, our son Emery was on track in every way for a successful school year. He had been healthy for four…

By Krystal Vasquez, Kevin Sims

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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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