Valentina Payne

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Chief Growth Officer

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Valentina Payne is the Chief Growth Officer for brightbeam, overseeing operations, fundraising, and strategic growth of the organization. She joined Education Post in 2014 as Deputy Director of Policy, building on her work as a Legislative Projects Manager at StudentsFirst, where she worked in a handful of states across the U.S. to ensure quality education policies were being passed into law. Valentina has also worked in Ann Arbor Public Schools and Detroit Public Schools, where she focused on the intersection of the education system and the juvenile justice system.

She has a bachelor’s in Spanish and criminal justice and a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Michigan, and is deeply passionate about creating an education system that serves all students.

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Posted July 24, 2020

Women Are Disrespected Every Day in America, But That Doesn’t Mean I’ll Stop Fighting It

This week, Representative Ted Yoho called his colleague in the House of Representatives, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a “fucking bitch.” So…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted July 13, 2017

Dear Betsy, You Need to Get Serious About Addressing Sexual Assault

Dear Betsy, I think you’re having kind of a tough time in your new role. You’ve got a non-existent relationship…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted June 27, 2017

Will States Hold Their Schools Accountable Under ESSA? A New Report Sheds Some Light

The ever-reliable edu-wonks over at Bellwether Education Partners, along with the trusted folks at Collaborative for Student Success (CSS), have…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted May 19, 2017

A Letter to Betsy DeVos About My Student Loans

Dear Secretary DeVos, You and I have a lot in common. We’re both from the great state of Michigan and…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Mar. 30, 2017

Like Beyoncé, Charter Schools Are Evolving and Improving. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Recent reports on the state of the sector from two major charter organizations—National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

We Stand Up for Kids Even When You Don’t Want Us To

Women education bloggers from around the country shared their thoughts on what it means to be, raise and educate women…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson, Katelyn Silva, Valentina Payne

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016

I’m Not Worried About What President Trump Will Do For Education. I’m Terrified.

It’s barely been a day since the American people and political system voted Donald Trump into the White House. Since…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Oct. 14, 2016

Finally, the Candidates Discuss Education Policy

Well, folks, we’re 288 days into the worst election year of all time but we’ve finally got some answers on…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted June 17, 2016

Virtual Charter Schools Are Failing Students. Here’s Some Solutions.

It’s no secret: I think charter schools need to be watched like a hawk to make sure they’re giving kids…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

Here’s to Making Charter Schools Better in Michigan

Being from Michigan, generally, is a wonderful thing. Great people, Great Lakes, you get the picture. When it’s not so…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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