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Eva Moskowitz: An Imperfect Warrior For Kids

Very few people in America can say that they have, unequivocally, changed the game for black children in the city where they live.  But Eva Moskowitz can. As the founder and CEO of Success Academy, the largest charter school network in New York City, she has proven that race and income based achievement gaps can… Continue reading Eva Moskowitz: An Imperfect Warrior For Kids

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La Nostalgia No Sostiene Un Negocio Pero Sí Mantiene Abiertas Las Escuelas de Bajo Rendimiento

Ya todos nos hemos enterado de que nuestra Benny’s, nuestra tienda icono de Rhode Island, cierra todas sus tiendas después de 93 años. Viene ahora la nostalgia de la gente recordando sus salidas de la infancia para comprar una bicicleta o un trineo o alguna herramienta papá necesitaba. Pero como co-propietario de Benny’s Arnold Bromberg… Continue reading La Nostalgia No Sostiene Un Negocio Pero Sí Mantiene Abiertas Las Escuelas de Bajo Rendimiento

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Nostalgia Couldn’t Keep Benny’s Open. It Does Keep Lousy Schools Open.

As we learned of plans for Rhode Island’s beloved Benny’s to close all 31 stores by the end of the year, nostalgia took over and folks reminisced about their childhood outings to buy a bike or a sled or some tool Dad needed. But as Benny’s co-owner Arnold Bromberg points out, “nostalgia can’t keep the… Continue reading Nostalgia Couldn’t Keep Benny’s Open. It Does Keep Lousy Schools Open.

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Having a Black Male Teacher is Everything to These Kids and One Group is Working to Make it Happen

We already know that students of color do better even if they have just one black teacher. A recent study out of Johns Hopkins confirms it. Black students matched to black teachers have been shown to have higher test scores but we wanted to know if these student-teacher racial matches had longer-lasting benefits. We found… Continue reading Having a Black Male Teacher is Everything to These Kids and One Group is Working to Make it Happen

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Why Aren’t You Standing Up for Black and Brown Children Now, Guys?

Years ago a public pool on the south side of Providence was closed during the summer and many of us didn’t feel that enough was being done to get it fixed and re-opened quickly enough. Scorching heat, minimal green space, and kids out of school? Open the damn pool. I remember listening to a local… Continue reading Why Aren’t You Standing Up for Black and Brown Children Now, Guys?

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We Need More Students—and People—Like Her.

It is unconscionable that we as Americans would sit by and watch precious kids like this young woman be sent to countries where they’ve never even visited let alone lived. Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian is irrelevant; this is an issue of humanity. This young lady is more concerned for others than for herself. America, let’s… Continue reading We Need More Students—and People—Like Her.

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This Crazy Twitter Thread May Be More Convincing on School Choice Than Anything Else I’ve Seen

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Guest Post: An Open Letter to the President of the United States

  By Camille Jones, 2017 WA State Teacher of the Year       Dear President Trump, I am not supposed to have favorite students, and I don’t, most of the time. My favorite part about teaching is learning to see what makes each of my students special and unique. But, I will say, one little boy… Continue reading Guest Post: An Open Letter to the President of the United States

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Crumbling Buildings With No Escape Hatch for Parents

After news broke the other day that Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was ready to tackle the insidious issue of crumbling school buildings, everyone on radio an in print was talking about it. And it’s a conversation that’s long overdue and certainly not unique to Providence. Neighboring East Providence as well as Detroit parents could certainly… Continue reading Crumbling Buildings With No Escape Hatch for Parents

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I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!

We all agree we need to do a better job of protecting kids and while an explosive story plays out in Providence and a principal finds herself charged with a misdemeanor, we realize we have more questions than answers. In the aftermath of the arrest of a Providence elementary school principal for failure to contact… Continue reading I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!