School Choice

An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

Dear Matt Damon – You don’t know me, although we do have some mutual acquaintances. Those would be families whose children attend(ed) a New York City private school alongside your daughters. I, in fact, am the person who helped them with the application process for those schools. Because that’s what I do, Matt Damon. I… Continue reading An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

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Am I Making The Right Choice to Raise My Children in a Segregated School District?

This is a guest post by Lisa Petgrave-Nelson, a graduate of Adelphi University’s School of Social Work.  She is a licensed master social worker and a certified health coach. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and nature photography. I grew up in St. Albans, Queens and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early… Continue reading Am I Making The Right Choice to Raise My Children in a Segregated School District?

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Shadina Charles’ Story: Homelessness, Cancer, and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

This is a guest column by Keciah Bailey, a freelance education journalist. Shadina Charles (see picture above) is a native of Grenada, a cancer survivor, and the mother of four daughters, two of whom attend Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to… Continue reading Shadina Charles’ Story: Homelessness, Cancer, and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

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Dear NAACP: This Charter School Embraced My Son After a Traditional School Tried To Push Him Out

This is a guest post by Felecia Brown Butler. Felecia was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a dedicated mother of three beautiful sons and a fierce advocate for her community and great schools for all children. When my son was in Kindergarten, he didn’t seem to be learning like the other children.… Continue reading Dear NAACP: This Charter School Embraced My Son After a Traditional School Tried To Push Him Out

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Update: NYC Parent Says, “Say Yes To The Test!”

(The email copied in the post below was authored by Jean Holybrice, a public school parent in Fort Greene. It was originally posted in Medium and titled, “New Yorkers Opt In.”) If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. That’s a rule many live by, but it rings especially true in our schools. That’s… Continue reading Update: NYC Parent Says, “Say Yes To The Test!”

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NAACP: Who Exactly Are You Working to Advance When You Ignore Black Parents?

It was my prayer that the NAACP hearing on their charter school moratorium that happened three weeks ago in Los Angeles would go far better than the ones I recently attended in Orlando, Florida and Memphis Tennessee.  It would be an understatement to say that both were appalling experiences for me as a black woman… Continue reading NAACP: Who Exactly Are You Working to Advance When You Ignore Black Parents?

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How Do I Help My Children Feel Pride in their Heritage in the Face of Ignorance?

(This is a story told to me by a devastated friend, struggling to make sense of this new America. He wishes to remain anonymous.) “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This is far from the truth: I did not know racism until I came to this great country.… Continue reading How Do I Help My Children Feel Pride in their Heritage in the Face of Ignorance?

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Dear Carmen Fariña: What Are Charter Schools? Chopped Liver?

Today NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has an editorial in the Daily News in which she defends “public education” — and, more specifically, the City’s traditional  school system —  from alleged accusations that “they are violent, dysfunctional and that their students leave school without any knowledge.” In fact, claims Fariña, “here in New York City, by… Continue reading Dear Carmen Fariña: What Are Charter Schools? Chopped Liver?

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Don’t Tell Me My Child Can’t Learn. Because She Can.

(Guest post by Teresena Wright) My parents — and by that I mean the families with whom I work —  ask me all the time, “how did you get started in this line work?” My journey began like this… I tell them that, for me, it started 13 years ago. Yes, my children are the most… Continue reading Don’t Tell Me My Child Can’t Learn. Because She Can.