Erika Sanzi

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Guest Blogger

Parent and Former Teacher

Cumberland, Rhode Island

Erika Sanzi is a mother of three sons and taught in public schools in Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island. She has served on her local school board in Cumberland, Rhode Island, advocated for fair school funding at the state level, and worked on campaigns of candidates she considers to be champions for kids and true supporters of great schools. She is currently a Fordham senior visiting fellow.

Erika blogs about education in Rhode Island and New England at Good School Hunting.

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Posted Mar. 10, 2017
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My 4th- and 6th-Graders Are Reading the Same Book in School. Should I Be Worried?

My fourth-grader and sixth-grader are reading the same book in school right now. That’s right. The book is “The Lightning…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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At Last Night’s DeVos Hearing Our Elected Leaders Saw Children’s Futures as an Opportunity for Theater

Well, my head exploded last night and I lay the blame at the feet of Democrats and Republicans. In fact,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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When It Comes to Fighting for Kids, Hillary Will Be a Voice in My Head

I voted for Hillary Clinton. I wasn’t excited about it as so many other women, young and old, were. And…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016
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Facebook Is Teaming Up With District and Charter Schools to Make High School a Little Less Boring

In his new book about charter schools, The Founders, Richard Whitmire makes a simple assertion in Chapter 15: “High school…

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016
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Somerville Welcomes New XQ Super School: Powderhouse Studios

A big congratulations is in order for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts who recently learned they will be the home…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 1, 2016
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After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

I talk about expectations all the time and how we must ensure that the bar for our students and our…

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Posted July 6, 2016
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Good News for Common Core in Massachusetts

Massachusetts students, educators and taxpayers went into the Fourth of July weekend with much to celebrate about the future of…

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Posted June 2, 2016
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I Actually Think Robert Pondiscio Raised Important and Fair Questions

I’m on a bit of an island this week. While many reformers pile on to Robert Pondiscio for his piece…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 25, 2016
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Coffee Break: Charter Leader Beth Anderson on TFA Inspiration, Moments of Triumph, and ‘Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution’

Beth Anderson, founder of the Phoenix Charter School Academy Network in Massachusetts, thought she knew what a hard life looked…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 16, 2016
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Hey Edu-Moms, Let’s Remember How Much We Have in Common

We celebrated Mother’s Day last week and I got to thinking. There are so many incredible Moms on both sides…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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