Who’s violent, really? A look at the real catalyst of gun violence: misogyny and white supremacy
Just a few thoughts here, which are not intended to be scientific. These are just some musings that I've put together as a result of my experience with the working class, of which I am proudly a part. There are a few commonalities of all the people committing gun...
Top 10 reasons why STRIVE Prep is not for anyone’s kid
Northwest Denver is struggling with yet another fait accompli arrangement, in which the Denver Public Schools pretends to have a public process but know they're going to force in a STRIFE (aka STRIVE and formerly West Denver Prep) charter school into an "enrollment...
My remarks in support of parents opting out from PARCC
I got the opportunity to present comments on the side of parents and students who are refusing the PARCC standardized tests being administered statewide in Colorado today.
Andrea Merida offers Green Party rebuttal to state of the union address
I was honored to offer the Green Party of the United States' rebuttal to President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address, on the aspect of education. In case you didn't know, I am the co-chair of the Denver Green Party, a delegate of the Green Party of Colorado's...
Poverty, PISA and the power of working families
Well, this week the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of its world-famous study, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for 2012. The release of this data causes flurry of activity and commentary in...
On the different yard stick for some
So why is it that when many people of color broach topics relating to privilege, we’re automatically overreacting? I think privilege itself causes normally kind and gentle people to circle their wagons around their own.
About the election (or, he who knocks on the most doors, wins)
Time to get to work, people. The campaign for 2015 the Denver school board started on November 6, the day after the election. My advice for any prospective pro-community candidate is to start campaigning NOW.
Some parting thoughts
I'm very grateful for the nice comments from my friend, Guerin Green, on the occasion of the end of my term on the Denver Board of Education. I'm humbled. Thank you.
I’m not running for re-election
After much heart-wrenching deliberation, I have decided not to run for a second term as the southwest representative on the Denver Board of Education. I believe that high-stakes standardized testing is destroying public education today. Simultaneously, giant dollars...
The truth about “failing schools”
Think America’s schools are failing? Think again.