College Readiness

Posted May 23, 2019

I’m Tired of My Community Not Having Access to the Schools We Deserve

My little brother is a 10-year-old who loves to create slime, play video games and make friends. He’s growing up in a time where a…

By Desiree Martinez

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Posted May 17, 2019

What Every First-Gen Student Needs to Know About Attending a Predominately White Institution

Dear first-generation, low-income, immigrant high school seniors, You’re about to accomplish a major milestone. Not only have you made your parents proud, but you have…

By Diestefano Loma

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Posted May 16, 2019

I’m Headed to Stanford on a Full-Tuition Scholarship and I Have My Public Charter School to Thank for That

“Education is the way out of poverty and into a better life.” For years, my family harped on this mantra in hopes of providing me…

By George Rojano

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Posted May 14, 2019

I Didn’t Think I’d Ever Be Able to Afford College, But Now I Have a Full Ride to Brown

Growing up in Houston, I knew I was capable enough for college. I earned straight A’s in high school and possessed an insatiable drive to…

By Marie-Anne Barrón

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Posted May 3, 2019

Nina Wallace Dishes on What It’s Like to Attend Howard and the Lack of Representation of Women of Color in STEM

You aren’t always able to choose family, but even if I were able, I would have still chosen my cousins. My cousin, Nina Wallace, represents…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 1, 2019

When I Thought I Was Dreaming Too Big, My Teachers Reminded Me That College Was Going to Be a Reality

I am the Latina daughter of two immigrants. My parents instilled in me from an early age that education was important. When I got older,…

By Karen Linares

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Posted Dec. 5, 2018

A Second Listen to Student Voice

Common Core author David Coleman shocked a crowd of educators in 2011 when he declared, “…as you grow up in this world, you realize people…

By Eric Goldstein

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Posted Dec. 4, 2018

How Free College Programs Can Increase Equity in Our Schools

As someone who has studied free-college Promise programs for over a decade, I read with interest the recent Education Trust report on equity in free-college…

By Michelle Miller-Adams

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Posted Oct. 17, 2018

My Science Teacher Told Me I Wasn’t Going to College. Good Thing I Didn’t Believe Him.

I grew up in East San Jose, where I attended our local traditional public schools. In elementary school, I received many awards for my academic…

By Lety Gomez

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Posted Oct. 8, 2018

This School Used to Be a Kmart

In early August, Entrepreneur High School—a state of the art charter school in Highland, California—opened its doors in what was once a Kmart store. Completely…

By Ray Culberson

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Posted May 21, 2019

Here’s One Thing You Can Do Right Now to Defend the Rights of Black Families in California

I don’t know about you, but I can’t just sit by and watch. It’s time for action. The latest battleground in the national war on…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 20, 2019

In 2016 I Gave Money to the Bernie Campaign. Now I’ll Be Damned If I Give a Single Penny.

In 2016, I gave money to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. It was and remains the first and only time I have ever given a…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 21, 2019

They’re Trying to Ban Charter Schools in California. Here’s Why That Matters.

About two years ago this time I had to write an explainer piece when the NAACP pushed for a moratorium on public charter schools. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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