Iris Maria Chavez

Posted Sep. 6, 2016

Her Daughter Was in ELL Classes for Nine Years and She Had No Idea

I’m an education policy expert, but I know that the real experts when it comes to schools are parents. Recently, over 40 parents of public…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted July 19, 2016

Want to Help Oregon’s Dismal Graduation Rate? Check Out These Superstar Schools

The latest stats on Oregon’s performance in education are disheartening at best. When it comes to graduation rates, we’re performing worse than 46 other states.…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted July 14, 2016

With These Graduation Rates, Oregon’s Got Nothing to Be Proud Of

People here are proud of Oregon, especially of its natural beauty and progressive politics. And my sense is that if you took a poll, most…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted June 22, 2016

Why I’m Not Disappointed Opt Out in Oregon Has Lost Its Steam

Last year, parents, educators and community advocates across Oregon joined forces in a campaign to fight standardized tests in schools and the evaluations that arise…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted May 16, 2016

Helping English-Language Learners Avoid the Summer Slide

Growing up in Denver, my mother made me attend a summer reading program at a public library every year. And every year I endured being…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted Mar. 22, 2016

Let’s Not Think That Because a District Is Largely Poor With Many English Learners That It Can’t Be Great

Although Oregon is mostly white, it’s whiteness obscures the fact that about 33 percent of students in k-12 schools are students of color and that…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted Mar. 10, 2016

This District Has Figured Out How to Help English-Language Learners

Oregon doesn’t often come to mind when the education world talks about equity challenges; it’s usually overshadowed by bustling California and Washington state. But failing…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted Feb. 23, 2016

Turns Out Ms. Martin and Her ‘Crazy Math’ Program Weren’t So Crazy After All

As a Latina student, my experience in school was one with courses varying in quality—most of them weren’t challenging. Now that I spend my time working…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted Feb. 10, 2016

What Choice Do Portland Parents Have When There Is No Choice?

In all my years of advocacy and community engagement, nothing gets parents as fired up as deciding where their kids will attend school. During School…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted Feb. 3, 2016

Luck and Privilege Should Have No Place in Education

Opportunity, access and luck: that’s my story. Thanks to a supportive family, strong educators, access to a few high-quality opportunities—and sheer luck—I got out of…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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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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