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Non-Discrimination Policies Empower Students of Color

Sayda Morales

May 2, 2013

Since first learning about affirmative action in high school, I have often asked white college students if they approve of affirmative action. The most common response I have received is an ambiguous answer: The students usually support the idea of affirmative action but not the way it is practiced. I...

Attention to ACEs can help keep at-risk youth in school

Sayda Morales

April 18, 2013

Did a parent or adult in your household often put you down, insult you or humiliate you or act in a way that made you fear you might be physically harmed? If the answer is yes, then you have scored at least one point out of 10 on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) test. If you were to keep taking...

Standardized Testing Reinforces Racial Privilege

Sayda Morales

April 4, 2013

Whitties come from all different walks of life, but what we all share in common is that we all had to endure standardized testing in order to get here. You remember that feeling in the months, weeks and days leading up to the test as you tried to use all the opportunities at your disposal to ensure y...

Schools Should Be Judged by Their Covers

Sayda Morales

March 7, 2013

The middle school that I attended, KIPP Academy, occupied half a floor of a building that housed two other public schools. And even though the other kids joked that KIPP stood for "kids in prison program," it was their hallways that resembled a prison and not ours. At KIPP, every single classroom was...

Good Schools Should Be a Rule, Not an Exception

Good Schools Should Be a Rule, Not an Exception

Sayda Morales

February 21, 2013

In the previous election, Washington's Proposition 1240, the initiative introducing 40 public charter schools to Washington State over the next five years, was ratified by only a .38 percent margin. This concerns me. Having attended a charter school, I personally understand the significant benefits that charter schoo...

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