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 Mar. 1, 2021

Inside the Decade-Long Plan to Recruit, Hire and Retain 9,000 Black Educators Across the Country

Across the entire United States, there aren’t nearly enough Black teachers inside classrooms.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 7% of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Mar. 3, 2021

Biden Is Right, We Need Kids to Go Back to School But Not Like Before

On March 13, 2020, when Governor Newsom shut down schools in California including in LAUSD where my son is now a senior, I held my…

By Anya Grottel-Brown

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

By Danielle Durbin

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