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We Strap Roller Skates on Their Feet and Push Parents Out the Door

By Shawnta Barnes At the recent Citizen Education Blogger Training and Media Meet-up, titled “A Discussion of Education, the Media, and Our Communities in Washington D.C.”, there was a panel discussion on education, poverty, racial justice, and the media. Panelist Pat Brantley, CEO of Friendship Public Charter Schools, when speaking about parents exercising choice said, “Parents when… Continue reading We Strap Roller Skates on Their Feet and Push Parents Out the Door

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Think of Calvin. Please.

African Americans, especially the men and boys, find themselves caught up in a system of law enforcement that still, in 2017, isn’t working for them. I don’t pretend to know how that feels. My experience with law enforcement was usually by way of parties when I was in high school where kids breaking the law… Continue reading Think of Calvin. Please.

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Sydney Chaffee talks privilege, legacy, and inevitable mistakes at #EdRising17

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Because He IS My Elvis

I just spent a few days in Chicago and was lucky enough to meet Arne Duncan, former US Secretary of Education, for the second time. I’m not usually one to race over to to people and ask them to take a picture with me but I really wanted one with Arne this time around since… Continue reading Because He IS My Elvis

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Planet Mom Radio from Chicago: We Got Guests and One is a Hell of a Singer

Windy City or Bust! Planet Mom Radio has been in Chicago for the past fews and enjoying the privilege of meeting so many education advocates and parents from all over the country. Keri and I talk about two highly successful schools that are under attack in MA and RI and then we shifted to hosting… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio from Chicago: We Got Guests and One is a Hell of a Singer

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RI Lawmakers File Bills That Will Hurt Highest Performing, Most Diverse Charter School in State

Every year it’s the same story. The legislative session nears the end and suddenly, the highest performing Title I school in the state finds itself under attack by local politicians who, just a few short years ago, supported the creation of these very same schools.  Blackstone Valley Prep, the only intentionally diverse public school in… Continue reading RI Lawmakers File Bills That Will Hurt Highest Performing, Most Diverse Charter School in State

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What I Learned on A Listening Tour With 100 Students

By Charles Cole “If you could address any issue regarding education, school, and your community, what would it be?” That’s the question that got students talking the most. You see, I just embarked on a 100-student listening campaign to hear more about what students want from school. Before we launch the Energy Convertors Student Voice Fellowship this… Continue reading What I Learned on A Listening Tour With 100 Students

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Suburban Schools Need To Change Too

By Peter Cunningham 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 writer Robert Pondiscio said it was a factor in the anti-charter vote in Massachusetts last fall. And former Education Secretary Arne Duncan famously broached the subject in 2013. “It” is the long overdue conversation about educational quality… Continue reading Suburban Schools Need To Change Too

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My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

There is perhaps no better way to tackle bias and judgement than to have kids from all backgrounds, all neighborhoods, and all skin shades learning in the same place every day. One school in Rhode Island has done just that and they just won School of the Year from The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Board.… Continue reading My Own Kids’ School Wins Award for its Diversity (and Its Results!)

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Less Than Half of the Families Pitch In?

I am surprised to learn that even in affluent school districts in California only around 40 percent of families make financial contributions to their schools’ fundraising efforts. I have no idea what that number would be here in Rhode Island or in neighboring states but this piece definitely provides food for thought on how (and… Continue reading Less Than Half of the Families Pitch In?