Erika Sanzi

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 Nov. 17, 2017

Just Imagine Being a Parent at This School Where Your Kid Was Stabbed to Death

I write from a place of privilege today. I have never once worried about the safety of my three children…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

DeVos May Be a Lot of Things But a White Supremacist Isn’t One of Them

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently found herself, per usual, swarmed by protesters at a recent appearance at Harvard. But…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

High Hopes Despite Low Expectations: Welcome to Oklahoma

For education reform to flourish, you need political leadership to change laws and policies, educational leadership with a clear vision…

By Erika Sanzi, Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 18, 2017

‘Just Teach Your Boys Not to Rape People’ Can’t Be the Right Answer to Campus Sexual Assault

Sexual assault. It’s always a bad thing. It’s a crime. And it’s something that far too many women, men and…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 14, 2017

When You Come at the Mom-in-Chief, You’d Best Not Miss

No one likes to read hit pieces that attack the work and the integrity of the people we care about and it…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 4, 2017

Mayor James Diossa Is Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

These kids get only one shot at an education. —James Diossa Mayor James Diossa calls his community “the comeback city” and…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 28, 2017

Netflix Series ‘13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts and Educators Worried

The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

His Students Didn’t Think You Could Be Black and a Principal. He’s Proving Them Wrong.

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Martí worked as…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

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

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. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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