Latest posts from D.C. Region

Jun 11 2012

Closin’ it down

We have officially moved to Salt Lake City! We arrived May 30th, and are still waiting for the movers to show up with our stuff.. eesh. It’s not been too bad, as we’ve had our trusty blow-up mattress, and belongings we’ve lived with for the past month with the in-laws. Hopefully our stuff will arrive…

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May 30 2012

A Gap in the Transition from High School to College

I have a guest post today that I’ve been meaning to share for a while. Over spring break, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Cass, an adjunct professor at University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Dave has held numerous positions in the world of higher education and is currently…

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Apr 23 2012

The Meaning of a High School Diploma

I’ve been away from this blog for a bit. I’m making that final push at the end of my first year of law school. Classes are over and my first exam begins within 48 hours. But I wanted to share something. As I was studying today, I received a phone call from BO. It was…

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Mar 19 2012

Springing into more changes in 2012!

Lots of updates again, since the last post in January… #1. We are moving to Salt Lake City, Utah this summer for Brandon’s medical school residency program!!! We are super excited! We just found out this past Friday, March 16th! It was our number one choice, for many reason- the program training and schedule we…

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Mar 13 2012

The Sacrifices A Parent Makes to Educate One’s Child

I recently discussed a (startling) case in which a homeless mother was sentenced to 12 years in prison for, among other things, “stealing an education.” This charge of first-degree larceny came after Tanya McDowell falsified her residency information in order to enroll her 6-year-old son in a neighboring school district. I thought it was crazy–yet…

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Mar 10 2012

Wendy Kopp Visits HGSE: Has TFA’s Philosophy Shifted?


Wendy Kopp was on campus Thursday as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum series. She gave brief remarks about TFA before several current ed school students who are TFA alumni joined her. I wandered over from an amazing conference at the law school on “Closing the School to Prison Pipeline” (more…

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Mar 02 2012

On Stealing an Education


You read it right: an education can be stolen. Tanya McDowell, a homeless woman from Bridgeport, recently pleaded guilty to first degree larceny for fraudulently using her babysitter’s address to enroll her 6-year-old son in the neighboring town of Norwalk. As a result, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison. She only wanted a…

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Feb 17 2012

Housing and the Achievement Gap

It’s been almost 2 months since my last post. This is the longest I’ve been away. Law school is keeping me as busy as I was in the classroom. Anyways, I thought I’d share an interesting article I came across today–one that connects to both education reform and what I’ll be doing this summer: “Forum…

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Jan 22 2012

Decisions, Hopes, Change

One month from today, Brandon (the hubby), will put down his (our) preferences for medical school residency! Whoa! We have been between Kansas City (KU program) and here (OKC/OU program), but… there’s been a recent ‘wrinkle’ in our decision-making… Salt Lake City! Brandon went up last weekend for an interview with Univ. of Utah, going…

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Jan 08 2012

Diane Ravitch Blocked Me on Twitter

ETA: Can’t figure out how to get comments working.   There are 23,909 people following Diane Ravitch on Twitter. I am no longer one of them, and not by choice. Has anyone ever heard of a public figure doing this? The background: Ravitch went on a Twitter rampage yesterday railing against a study¬†showing a highly…

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