Connecticut · School Talk

No Government Should Be Able to Tell You or Me to Put My Child in Harm’s Way

I am proud to call Gwen Samuel my friend. She fights hard, extends grace, assumes best intentions, and believes in all children. She doesn’t want standards lowered for Black children—she wants us to do right by them in their schools so they can reach the same bar that we expect other children to reach. Because… Continue reading No Government Should Be Able to Tell You or Me to Put My Child in Harm’s Way

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California Legislators Will Vote Against Kids For the Right Price

As a vicious anti-charter school legislation package gets the needed yay votes to pass, it is important to understand how and why that could possibly happen. So here you go:

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Gwen Samuel Tells Black Leaders To Stop Being Complicit and Stand Up For Black Parents

This is the moment in time when Black leaders must decide how committed they are—or are not—to the education of Black and Brown children. This week, ground zero of our education war is California but don’t be fooled—this evil is coming for all of us. If our Black leaders won’t stand up now, we know… Continue reading Gwen Samuel Tells Black Leaders To Stop Being Complicit and Stand Up For Black Parents

Rhode Island · School Talk

A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

I am always grateful for the opportunity to visit Dan Yorke State of Mind and talk about what is happening in our schools or at the state house that will impact our schools—and last week was a doozy. Dan and I don’t always agree on everything but we certainly resist the 2019 fad of hating… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

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Prisons Are Now Required to Screen For and Treat Dyslexia; Schools Are Not

Jenny Abamu is an Education reporter for WAMU885, DC’s @NPR station. She recently did a story about dyslexia and the struggle and confusion parents face—her Twitter thread about it caught my eye and I decided to share it with all of you. So glad to see journalists digging into this issue that has plagued schools, and the… Continue reading Prisons Are Now Required to Screen For and Treat Dyslexia; Schools Are Not

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Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

At the very end of National Charter School week and on the 25th anniversary of Brown v Board, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders dropped an education bomb. Here’s one of the best—and first—threads I saw on Twitter just minutes after the announcement, written by Inez Stepman. Inez Feltscher Stepman is a first generation American and senior… Continue reading Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

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Meet My Friend Derrell Bradford—I’m Proud to Know Him

Derrell’s story encapsulates why I am so steadfast in my belief that parents—regardless of income or zip code—deserve to have access to the best possible schools for their children. Thank you Derrell for always bringing me back to that north star, even on the days of disappointments and setbacks. And thank you for being such… Continue reading Meet My Friend Derrell Bradford—I’m Proud to Know Him

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NEA Sends Thank You Note to Governor Raimondo—and a State Mourns

It’s never a good sign for students or taxpayers when the Executive Director of NEA RI is sending thank you notes to the Governor—on Twitter. Perhaps a moment of silence is in order. There was a time that Governor Gina Raimondo was a champion of reform, that rare Democrat willing to ignore and even clap… Continue reading NEA Sends Thank You Note to Governor Raimondo—and a State Mourns

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Teacher Appreciation Week: He Pushed Us Hard and Held on Tight

As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, I’ve done some reflecting about my own years as a student. There are teachers who have a lasting impact on our lives and on April 2nd, I lost one of mine. Mr. Murphy wasn’t just special because of how much knowledge of history and politics was crammed into… Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week: He Pushed Us Hard and Held on Tight

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To Die or Not to Die on the Sun Butter Hill—Some Important Facts About the Warwick Lunch Story

Lunch shaming is an issue that goes viral. And fast. People immediately react emotionally to children being forced to wear the scarlet letter of a sun butter sandwich because their parents have not paid their lunch bills. Welcome to Warwick, Rhode Island where the school committee began implementation of an alternative lunch program this week… Continue reading To Die or Not to Die on the Sun Butter Hill—Some Important Facts About the Warwick Lunch Story