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 Oct. 25, 2019

What You Think You Know About Restorative Justice Is Probably Wrong

On Monday, we ran a piece written by a mother whose experience with restorative justice was a horror story. Readers responded in…

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

These Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Harder to Get Into Than a Jimmy Buffett Concert

First, a 30-minute student-led parent-teacher conference with one child’s homeroom teacher. Then, six five-minute conferences with another son’s individual subject…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

Is Andrew Yang the Only One Brave Enough to Speak the Truth About Our Public Schools?

Education voters—people for whom education is the issue that determines their vote— have been banging our heads against the wall…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 18, 2019

This 11-Year-Old Is Begging for a Good Education and a Safe Place to Learn. Something Needs to Change.

Since the release of the blistering Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Public Schools, the new state education commissioner, Angélica…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 2, 2019

Have We Been Paying Too Much Attention to Girls in School at the Expense of Boys?

Legendary actress Meryl Streep recently garnered a considerable amount of media attention during a Vanity Fair panel about the second…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 10, 2019

I Can’t Say Thank You Enough to My Late High School Teacher Mr. Murphy

As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, I’ve done some reflecting about my own years as a student. There are…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 1, 2019

Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ Tied to Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

Last year mental health experts, school counselors and parents were sounding the alarm on the wildly popular Netflix series, “13…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 13, 2019

While Rich People Bribe Their Kids’ Way Into College, Parents of Color Sit in Jail for Wanting Better Schools

While 33 wealthy, powerful parents, including the two B-list but well-known actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were paying off…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Feb. 5, 2019

There’s a Lot to Like About Stacey Abrams But Her Opposition to School Choice Isn’t One of Them

Stacey Abrams became something of a household name in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterms and tonight she…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 3, 2018

Take It From a White Suburban Mom, Grade Inflation Is Real and We Can’t Deny It Anymore

Arne Duncan found himself in hot water a few years ago when, in reference to the higher standards of the…

By Erika Sanzi

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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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