Student Voice

It’s Time to Listen to Student Voices

What’s the goal of our school system? To educate the students, right? Yet students have the least input on how they get educated. It’s the adults who get to decide.

Watch our video to hear student activist Nidalis Burgos, along with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and others make the case for truly listening to students and engaging them in the process of creating more equitable education for all.

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Posted July 27, 2018

I Came Out as Transgender to My PE Teacher and He Called Me ‘It’

This is a guest post from Ash Whipple, an Oakland public school student who uses the pronouns they/them. They are a First Robotics Competition Captain…

By Ash Whipple

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Posted July 13, 2018

My Mom Went to War to Get Me Into a School That Believes a Kid With Autism Kid Can Thrive

I have always been extremely anxious about change. Sometimes that change would lead to various levels of panic, sometimes in public. And that panic would…

By Enrique Duarte IV

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Posted June 27, 2018

Getting Into College Is Tough for First-Generation College Students, So I’m Making It a Little Easier

Without the support of my college counselor, I would not be where I am today. In my senior year of high school, I was a…

By Linda Rendon

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Posted June 26, 2018

I Was a Homeless Student and School Helped Me Find My Way Home

I first experienced homelessness with my family, then on my own. I was born to a single mother and a father who was absent because…

By Jamie Warren

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Posted June 22, 2018

My School Showed Me My Passion and Now I’m a Filmmaker

In Georgia, 84,000 students attended charter schools in the 2016-17 school year. My story is just one of thousands of success stories of students who…

By Cabral Clements

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Posted June 19, 2018

I Didn’t Want to Go to KIPP But Now I’m in College and I Totally Get It

It’s 5:45 a.m. on a Monday in mid-August. The year is 2006 and my mom is rapping on my bedroom door. “Julien! Time to get…

By Julien Broomfield

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Posted May 29, 2018

One of My Most Conservative Students Shares What It’s Like to Be in My Class

My learning this year has been greatly assisted by a number of students willing to be honest with me. One of them, Alec, is the…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 16, 2018

What Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ Has to Do With School Shootings

I know there are a lot of interpretations of Childish Gambino’s new single “This is America” and what it all means, but here’s how I think…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted May 14, 2018

Three Years Ago I Didn’t Speak English, But Thanks to My Teacher I’m Now a College Student

I arrived to this country as a refugee three years ago and Ms. Brandy Moore welcomed me at Central High School with kindness and support.…

By Knight Jean Yves Muhingabo

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Posted May 8, 2018

How My School Helped Me Find My Way in America, Raise Two Children and Be the First in My Family to Graduate

I was born in Congo in 1994 in the war that killed 5 million people. My family migrated to Rwanda to a refugee camp where…

By Feza Immaculee

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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