Allison Leslie

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Memphis Executive Director, Aspire Public Schools

Memphis, Tennessee

Allison Leslie is the Memphis executive director of Aspire Public Schools. She served as a lead teacher and later the principal of EPACS until 2008. Alli began her education career with Teach For America in Houston, Texas.

She graduated from the University of California at San Diego with degrees in both Spanish and literature and writing. She earned her Texas teaching credentials at the University of St. Thomas and her California teaching credentials through the University of California State Teach program. During her first year as principal, Alli completed a master’s in administration and earned her California administration credential at University of California at Berkeley, as a fellow in the Principal Leadership Institute.

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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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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