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Posted Jan. 28, 2020

My Family Didn’t Think We’d Choose a Charter School But It Turned Out to Be an Amazing Experience

I never thought I would attend a charter school until my mother decided to enroll me into YES Prep Public Schools in Houston. At the…

By Juan M. Venegas III

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

This Mom and Her Three Kids Graduated College With Support From Their Charter School

When my oldest daughter, Nayeri, started at YES Prep Southeast in Houston, it was hard to leave her old school and her friends. It was…

By Rosa Nelly Martinez

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Posted Sep. 12, 2019

Democratic Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About K-12 Education and That’s Why We Crashed Their Debate in Houston

All eyes may be on the third round of Democratic presidential candidates’ debates happening tonight. But let me direct your attention for a second to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 12, 2019

A Charter School Gave My Son Opportunity. Isn’t That What Democrats Should Stand For?

Tonight, the Democratic candidates for president will hold yet another debate, and likely, say very little about education. That’s why I rallied last night with…

By Wendy Gonzales-Neal

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Posted Sep. 11, 2019

A Charter School Helped Me Achieve My Dreams, And Now My Kids Are Achieving Theirs, Too

I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, by my Mexican-American mother. Since my mother is American, I inherited American citizenship. But at the age…

By Luly Castillo

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Posted Aug. 26, 2019

Before Deciding the Fate of Houston’s Schools, You Need to Listen to Parents

Last week, 2019 state ratings showed three out of four Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools made gains on test scores and got off “Improvement…

By Wendy Gonzales-Neal

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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 Apr. 26, 2019

A Dress Code for Parents Has to Be at the Bottom of the List of Education Priorities

Some of these school administrators have their priorities messed up! Just last week, two students were expelled from their Christian school 30 days before the…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 26, 2018

No Teacher Should Be an Island

I didn’t quite understand what it meant to be an “island” until I started teaching eight years ago. For years, I was the only United…

By Maria Rives

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Posted Feb. 21, 2018

For Black Teachers It’s About More Than Just Academics

As we celebrate Black History Month and pay homage to our milestones, I reflect on my time inside the classroom. As an African-American woman my…

By Shontoria Walker

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Breonna Taylor Didn’t Get Justice, But It’s Not Too Late to Save Our Kids From a Country Set Out to Kill Them

Before we even get started, I just wanna say that the Grand Jury ruling Breonna Taylor’s killing justified is bullshit.  Now that I’ve gotten that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Audre Lorde Dear Black Students:  I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

I smiled at the two little girls seated across the table in the school board conference room but only six-year-old Kayla, wriggling in her pink…

By Laura Waters

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