Samaris Rose-Smith

Guest Blogger

Parent Organizer, My Child. My Choice.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Samaris Rose-Smith is a full-time parent organizer and community activist from Bridgeport, Connecticut. She has been a professional advocate of charter schools for over three years and an advocate of the communities in Bridgeport for almost 10 years. A mother of five energetic boys and wife to her childhood sweetheart, she enjoys helping people and finding solutions to the problems that face her community—particularly regarding access to high-quality education. Two of Samaris’ sons attend Capital Prep Harbor School in Bridgeport. Samaris is also involved in various volunteer efforts that include being a mentor at a college preparedness program for low-income families, a volunteer at a community policing after-school program, a co-chair for a support group working to serve mothers with at-risk children and sitting on the Juvenile Justice Review board.


Posted Sep. 19, 2018

I Finally Found a School That Believes in My Sons, So Why Won’t Connecticut Fund More Schools Like It?

As a mom of five young men of color in Connecticut, I too often feel like society has set a…

By Samaris Rose-Smith

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

If You’ve Been Silent About Child Justice, We Need You Now More Than Ever

We have a problem. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a storm of challenges in policy and practice for public education; it also…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 23, 2021

Not Every Kid Looks Forward to Holiday Breaks

As a kid, I didn’t look forward to the holidays as much as my classmates did because it meant more time in a home that…

By Kelly D. Holstine

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