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 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…

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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…

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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…

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against…

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Posted Aug. 22, 2018

These School Supply Lists Can Drive a Girl Crazy

Oh joy, the school supply lists arrived by email this week. Of course, as many of you know, this is…

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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…

By Erika Sanzi

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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 June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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