Derrell Bradford

Posted June 11, 2017

Education Reform Isn’t Just for Cities

School reform advocate Derrell Bradford and policy writer Andy Rotherham hit on it. Illinois education writer Tracy Dell’Angela has a blog focused on it. Teacher/education…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my awe-inspiring experience at the NewSchools…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 4, 2017

Some Advice for Young Education Reformers

Conservative education policy writer Rick Hess has a new book out called “Letters to a Young Education Reformer.” He invited me to join one of two…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 2, 2016

Did My Black Life Matter?

I woke up, dead. It was tough to make out that it was me, but it was. My body was twisted and mangled. There was…

By Derrell Bradford

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Posted Nov. 16, 2015

Derrell Bradford: In Attacking Success Academy By Linking It With Classroom Abuse, Randi Weingarten Crossed A Line

NYCAN Executive Director and Success Academy Board member Derrell Bradford offers a stinging rebuke of Randi Weingarten's recent op-ed on school discipline in which she compared the incident of abuse of a student in South Carolina and the school discipline policies at Success Academy as being part of the same issue. Derrell does not mince words, powerfully arguing that race and defense of a broken system are at play in Weingarten's attacks on…

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Posted Sep. 28, 2015

The Truth About Segregation and Inequity in NY City Hurts But It Has To Be Told

Derrell Bradford of NYCAN has penned a piece in response to the recent ad by Families For Excellent Schools that juxtaposes two young boys from New York City, one white from a middle class zip code and one black from a lower income zip code. Bradford draws on his own experience as a New Yorker as well his knowledge of the facts as they pertain to education to assert that unpleasant and ugly as it may be, the ad depicts the truth. That New York…

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015

Reality Check: TFA Is Not the Problem With the Teaching Profession

There are lots of people with an opinion about Teach For America (TFA). In politics, truth is a friend of convenience, and in policy people…

By Derrell Bradford

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015

I Am Your Black Friend Who Grew Up in Sandtown-Winchester

Fire is a gift from the gods, but it’s still hard to watch your neighborhood burn. There was no CVS on the corner of Pennsylvania…

By Derrell Bradford

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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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