Erika Sanzi

Guest Blogger

Parent and Former Teacher

Cumberland, Rhode Island

Erika Sanzi is a mother of three sons and taught in public schools in Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island. She has served on her local school board in Cumberland, Rhode Island, advocated for fair school funding at the state level, and worked on campaigns of candidates she considers to be champions for kids and true supporters of great schools. She is currently a Fordham senior visiting fellow.

Erika blogs about education in Rhode Island and New England at Good School Hunting.

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Posted Aug. 6, 2018

It Won’t Always Be the Right Call But Sometimes Suspension Isn’t the Answer

Her name is Alexandra. She was a student in a school where I used to work and she was one…

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Posted May 30, 2018

Roseanne Isn’t the Only One Who Needs to Be Cancelled

America could really use some role models and yet somehow, time and time again, entertainment and media find a way…

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Posted May 18, 2018

If Your Kid Is Watching ‘13 Reasons Why’ Then You Might Want to Read This

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and that is either the perfect—or most imperfect—time for the release of Season 2 of…

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Posted Apr. 30, 2018

What If Students Were Walking Out for Better Schools?

Student walkouts have been a hot topic lately and the media has been quick to swoon with round-the-clock coverage. There…

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

Why Is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?

Having grown up on a reservation in Reno, Nevada, Phil Gover of Oklahoma is committed to improving education for Native…

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

My Kids Are Obsessed With ‘Fortnite’ and It’s Not Such a Bad Thing

“Fortnite” has taken over my house and there’s a good chance it has taken over yours, too. It is the…

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

Educators Take Center Stage at Betsy DeVos’ Summit on School Discipline

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, hosted a summit yesterday on school safety and climate so that she could hear…

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Posted Mar. 26, 2018

Principals Can’t Build Strong Schools When They Have to Spend So Much Time on Discipline

Recently, East Providence High School’s wrestling team was caught with alcohol, drugs and vaping products on a team trip. As…

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

I Support Student Walkouts But Not Without Consequences

This Wednesday, students are walking out of America’s schools in protest of gun violence. It’s projected that 2,500 schools will participate.…

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

There Wasn’t Just One Reason That Led to Parkland

“You can’t handle the truth.” I’m beginning to think there was great wisdom in these five words uttered by Colonel…

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

How Pedro Martinez Is Innovating With the San Antonio Community to Create New Schools

This is the second in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son Jadon loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already…

By Kelisa Wing

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