Mike Thomas

Guest Blogger

Communications, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Tallahassee, Florida

Mike Thomas serves in the communications department of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, writing editorials and speeches. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mike worked for more than 30 years as a journalist with Florida Today and the Orlando Sentinel. He has written investigative projects, magazine feature stories, humor pieces, editorials and local columns.

Mike graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in political science and journalism. His wife is a teacher and he has two children in public schools.

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Posted Mar. 23, 2015

Let’s Not Teach Our Kids to Opt Out

Opt-out:  An instance of choosing not to participate in something. I would like to opt out of writing this blog,…

By Mike Thomas

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

Don’t Stress the Test—And Try the Reese’s Waffles

My daughter started writing books in first grade, was a better writer than me by third grade, and now here…

By Mike Thomas

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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