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 Oct. 23, 2020

The Presidential Election Ain’t the Only Thing We Have to Worry About, We Must #VoteLocal

Alright, Black people—let’s push past Ice Cube’s meeting with Trump and 50 Cent’s declaration supporting his reelection. Yes we love hot tea and messiness from…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 26, 2020

Rev. Sharpton: Education Problems Are a ‘Five-Alarm’ Fire

Now would be a good time to listen to Rev. Al Sharpton. You didn’t see that coming. Me, of all people, pointing to a left-of-center…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 23, 2020

Khaliah Fitchett on Going From Handcuffs to Running for Congress

One afternoon in March 2010, Khaliah Fitchette, a 16-year-old student at Newark’s University High School, was riding home on a NJ Transit bus with her…

By Laura Waters

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