As I sit in the corner of a corridor in KIPP Infinity Elementary School, a heaviness consumes me. A KIPP parent’s life has been taken senselessly because he was described as a “bad dude.” Can anyone tell me what a “bad dude” looks like? Terence Crutcher was a black man, a father of four, one… Continue reading “At Ten Years Old,” Said My Son, “I Know that Our Justice System is Not Just”
New York City’s charter school leaders are calling upon Mayor Bill de Blasio to double the number of charter school seats available to students by 2020. According to an editorial published in today’s Daily News by the leaders of Achievement First, Uncommon Schools, KIPP, Public Prep, and Coney Island Prep, NYC students are best served by expanding… Continue reading Mayor de Blasio’s “Moral, Political, and Economic Obligation” to Support Charter School Expansion
Here’s Mayor Bill de Blasio last month on New York City charter schools’ superior student proficiency levels compared to traditional NYC schools: “If that’s where they put a lot of their time and energy, of course it could yield better test scores. But we don’t think that’s good educational policy,” he said in August. “We… Continue reading Mayor de Blasio Visits a Charter School and Emerges Unscathed: Photo Op or Epiphany?
Let me explain. I am a single mom raising an intelligent radical-thinking boy. For me there were two factors in choosing the best school for my son. The first was location and the second was resources and supportive services. In 2011 the UFT and charter schools, let’s just say to my understanding at the time, were… Continue reading Why Did I Choose KIPP Infinity Elementary School in Harlem?