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 […]
Kerry-Ann Royes is a mom, businesswoman and an everyday advocate who lives in Broward County, Florida and is particularly passionate about education and social issues affecting women and girls.
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It’s been a fast and heavy week everyone. And, as usually, every Tuesday I share the top 5 (or less) things you need to know in your Broward education world and beyond. It’s go-to reading in the palm of your hand. It comes to you on Tuesday because, frankly, life is too hectic on a Monday. And, […]
Miami-Dade was the county I entered at the start of my life in the US. I attended high school as an undocumented immigrant for my first few months. If my family did not have the benefit of legalization after entry, I would have been a DACA student. Miami was also the first to react to the president’s executive order against Sanctuary […]
A few years ago, on a return flight from some random conference, I was settling in to read my Time magazine with Sheryl Sandberg, when the passenger next to me begged to read it when I was through. This beautiful Indian woman and I spoke for 3 hours, breaking all my inflight rules. I learned […]
Every Tuesday I share some key stuff I wish, as a parent, someone would just place right in my hand. I don’t want to search for it, or read a bunch of packets. Honestly, who has the time? You get them on Tuesdays because, at least for me, life is just too hectic on Mondays. It also gives you enough time to do […]
Accountability May Be Hard for Legislators, But It’s Pretty Clear for Parents. Respect Me as a Consumer Who Has Choices.
I was 14 when I came to this country and entered high school. It wasn’t until my senior year that I learned I had completed all my required course load early. I had no idea I could have participated in dual-enrollment, or even started college one year earlier. In this instance, the system failed me. Fast forward […]
It was 3rd period. Someone reached in from the hallway and switched off the classroom light. A riot of textbooks started flying at the teacher in the dark. I ducked to avoid being hit by the missiles. I realized that day in my new American high school that most things in my educational journey were NOT […]
The Option of Homeschooling Allows my Sons to Learn What They Need to Learn, in Ways They Like to Learn
Education has always been the cornerstone of my family. My parents and my sisters and I all had such a love of learning that there was never a “push” toward excelling. It was just always who we intrinsically were. I went to high school to be a surgeon and college to be a psychologist, so […]
Broward has had a rough holiday season. On Friday, January 6th, we suffered an attack at our airport here in Fort Lauderdale where 5 persons lost their lives and 8 others injured as many returned from holiday travel. On the same day, we buried a student and a teacher, 8-year old Rasheed Cunningham and veteran […]
There this phenomenon that happens in Florida: I call it the “Hurricane Effect”. A remarkable thing happens during the hurricane frenzy and you only know it if you live in this part of the world: People look out for people. We come out and help each other put up shutters, clear patio furniture that could […]