Before We Hate On All Charter Schools Here’s An Example Why They Are Not The Enemy

I never really understood the charter school vs. district school debate. My goal as a parent was to send my kids to the very best school I could find or afford (district, charter, private, you name it), and work hard to make sure they didn’t become anyone’s educational statistic. Fight mode Today, the hottest news in […]

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She Survived, Then Public Schools Failed Us So We Home-Schooled

by Basilisa Perkins, mother of 2 and public health educator in Broward County, FL. Advocate for her girls and, at times, homeschool teacher to her daughter with special needs. We found an at-home early intervention program just after she started chemotherapy. Outside of her medical needs, we knew Katie would need a lot of help. Unlike her older […]

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If School Choice is Not a Neighborhood Choice, Then It’s Not My Choice.

The recent National School Choice week, and the controversial nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, got me thinking about my own adventures with school choice as a teenager. I attended a high school in a notorious inner-city region.  Shootings were not unheard of. My 10th grade science teacher recruited me to attend to a […]

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To Be Young, Gifted and a Student of Color

So, I have to say…I’m a little proud of our school district. Recently the Washington Post highlighted Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) for a revolutionary policy started over a decade ago that rolled out universal screening for giftedness for every second-grade student. Previous to this policy, gifted testing was initiated at the recommendation of a […]

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