Students for Education Reform

Posted Nov. 27, 2017

As a First-Generation College Student I Need a Lot More Than Financial Aid

I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted July 27, 2017

Stop Telling Students They Need to Leave ‘The Hood’ to Be Successful

“¡Mija, ya vamonos! Es hora de ir a la escuela.” I quickly shoved my notebook into my blue Jansport backpack, careful to not widen the hole…

By Desiree Martinez

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Posted July 8, 2016

I Didn’t Need the 1% to Tell Me Schools Need Reforming, As a Black Urban Parent I Already Knew

It’s always funny when I get to the part about supporting school reform. As an organizer working with parents who have struggled like I have…

By Khulia Pringle

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Posted June 29, 2016

Here’s What I Learned as the Token Latino Student in College

Looking back at my experience as a first-generation college student, I admittedly had no clue what I was doing. I nodded my head and asked…

By Sergio Jara Arroyos

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Posted June 27, 2016

I Learned the Hard Way That College Isn’t a Breeze

I grew up in a neighborhood where I, and the majority of my peers, had few positive role models to look up to. I didn’t…

By Sasha Sanders

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Posted Mar. 16, 2016

Coffee Break: SFER’s Siena Ruggeri on Human Potential, the Power of Belief, and the Splendor of Colorado

The needs of students should be at the center of any discussion about public education. All sides of the debate agree on that. But how…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

Don’t Believe the Hype: Standardized Tests Are Good for Children, Families and Schools

A major effort is underway to cut back on standardized testing because many, including President Obama and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, argue that too many…

By Latasha Gandy

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Posted May 17, 2019

When It Comes to Charter Schools, Bernie Sanders Needs to Learn From Black Families

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would use his power and platform to temporarily ban Black families from exercising the right to make choices about…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 16, 2019

I Came to the U.S. at 13 and Now I’m Headed to UC Santa Barbara to Become a Mechanical Engineer

I was anxious, nervous and excited. At the age of 13, I was finally going to meet my mother. I was born in Los Angeles,…

By Leslie Marquez

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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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