Alex Cortez

Guest Blogger

Managing Partner, New Profit

Brookline, Massachusetts

Alex Cortez is a managing partner focused on K-12 systems change at New Profit, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy. Before joining New Profit, Alex served as chief of staff, strategy and execution for KIPP Houston Public Schools. He also served at the KIPP Foundation as a regional director of network growth and sustainability and was a consulting manager at the Bridgespan Group.

Alex graduated with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University, received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Originally from New Orleans, Alex currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his partner, Jenny, and her daughter, Alexis. Alex’s blog reflect his own views and not necessarily those of his organization.

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

Educationally Underserved Communities in Massachusetts Deserve the Dignity of Making their Own Choices

The Massachusetts ballot initiative to raise the cap on public charter school growth will provide families living in low-income, urban…

By Alex Cortez

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Stop Arguing About ‘Equity’ and Focus on Student Outcomes

There’s a major force in the education world that has attempted to claim ownership over the term “equity.” From tweets questioning the value of literacy…

By Jasmine Lane

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