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Pre-College Programs Help Students Succeed—If They Can Afford Them: A Non-Profit Offers Help With The “Graduation Gap.”

This is a guest post by Carina Cruz, a proud alum and now employee of Breakthrough New York. Born and raised in New York City, she went on to attend incredible institutions like Little Red Elisabeth Irwin High School and Brown University with the foundation and support that BTNY provided. Carina currently works with BTNY’s… Continue reading Pre-College Programs Help Students Succeed—If They Can Afford Them: A Non-Profit Offers Help With The “Graduation Gap.”

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How One NYC School “Does School Differently.”

(Photo credits to Finlay Mackay) On March 15, 2019, Springpoint, whose mission is to enable all students, regardless of environment or background, to succeed in high school, college, and beyond, held a dinner to celebrate the Opportunity by Design initiative. Launched in 2013 and catalyzed by a challenge paper from the Carnegie Corporation of New… Continue reading How One NYC School “Does School Differently.”

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Dwayne Dinkins’ Story of Struggle and Perseverance As, Against All Odds, He Makes It To College.

This is a guest post by Dwayne Dinkins, a senior at Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School. He will graduate next month having taken 7 AP exams. When I first came to high school four years ago, I wasn’t confident in my potential success because of a number of really difficult circumstances at home. But yesterday… Continue reading Dwayne Dinkins’ Story of Struggle and Perseverance As, Against All Odds, He Makes It To College.

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A Survivor of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Speaks Out.

This is a response by John Dukes, Vivett Dukes’ husband, to her most recent post. He describes himself this way: “You should know that first and foremost, I am a family man who loves God. I honor my commitment to my marriage, my children, and my friends fully. I am a happy person who has… Continue reading A Survivor of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Speaks Out.

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Equity Now, Not Later: A South Brooklyn Student on the Need for Urgency Around College Readiness.

This is a guest post by Daniel Bromberg, a senior at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Originally from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Daniel is passionate about economic justice and equitable education practices. He welcomes any comments or questions and can be reached at [email protected]  I grew up in South Brooklyn and attended public… Continue reading Equity Now, Not Later: A South Brooklyn Student on the Need for Urgency Around College Readiness.

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Who’s the Boss? Should Kids Be In Charge Of Their Own Education?

A year ago, I wrote about Letting My 14 Year Old Make His Own Educational Decisions in choosing which high school he’d go to. I did it. It wasn’t easy. But I did it. The problem with high school is that my middle child never wanted to go in the first place. He wanted to go… Continue reading Who’s the Boss? Should Kids Be In Charge Of Their Own Education?

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The Mismatch Between Prison Education and Actual Employment: A Real Life Account.

It’s been six months since John has been home and the question that most people ask about his reentry focuses on whether or not he’s found a job. That’s telling in and of itself but that’s another post for another day. For John, securing employment once home from prison has always been of the utmost… Continue reading The Mismatch Between Prison Education and Actual Employment: A Real Life Account.

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Dear Mayor de Blasio: You Can’t Have Quality Educational Opportunities and Cap School Choice.

This is a guest post by Zachary Wright, a national finalist for the United States Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship and 2013 Philadelphia Teacher of the Year. Now he is an assistant professor of practice at Relay Graduate School of Education serving Philadelphia and Camden. Prior to that, he was the 12th-grade world literature… Continue reading Dear Mayor de Blasio: You Can’t Have Quality Educational Opportunities and Cap School Choice.

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The Privilege (and Cost) Of Being “Well-Rounded.”

About a year ago, I asked: Is an ‘Unenriched’ Spring Break Worth Living? I confessed that, despite offers flooding my inbox to sign my kids up for coding camp or a writing workshop or test prep, I was tired. So, over Spring Break, we did… nothing. In New York City, admitting you let a child… Continue reading The Privilege (and Cost) Of Being “Well-Rounded.”

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Sometimes College Isn’t the Best Choice For My Students — And I Couldn’t Be More Proud

“Did you guys hear? Benny broke his leg!” “Praised be, Benny broke his leg!” “Whew. I’m sure glad to hear that.” The news went through school like a whirlwind amongst the staff. Now, who would be happy that someone broke their leg? Teachers! You see, Benny was our former student, working a job at the… Continue reading Sometimes College Isn’t the Best Choice For My Students — And I Couldn’t Be More Proud