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Hillary Linardopoulos teaches 3rd graders at Julia de Burgos Elementary School in Philadelphia, PA. She is a public school advocate and is active in social justice issues in education.

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Philadelphia. Ferguson. Institutionalized Racism. The March.

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:49 AM

The Peace March at Julia de Burgos Elementary School in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia was not a response to the non-indictment of Darren Wilson. No, it was in response to the school's fifth lockdown in eight weeks, beautifully and tragically depicted by The Daily News' Helen...

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On Defining Moments, Honesty and Looking Behind the Curtain: How Philly School Families Are Fighting Back

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:14 PM

It was sixth-grade science fair day, and my partner and I were so proud of the red poster board we brought into class. The letters of our profound title, "Let's Make Gas," were probably slanted a bit to the right. Perhaps our hypothesis about how we could ferment liquid was...

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One Year After Sandy Hook: Caring for Our Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 8:19 AM

In the year that's passed since the horrific tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I've thought frequently of the children, families, and communities whose lives were turned upside down by one man's actions. I've also thought about President Obama's remarks, delivered in a profound address...

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Working as an Education Activist Outside of the Classroom: My Foray Into the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

(23) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 6:20 PM

For the past nine years, I've spent 10 months of every year at my second home: Julia de Burgos Elementary School in the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Some days were exhilarating. Some were exhausting. All of them were meaningful. I had the opportunity to watch a class that I'd...

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Let's Change the Narrative Surrounding Education Reform

(59) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:05 PM

This coming year, my school is receiving about 300 new students from the now closed nearby school, yet our budget is still decreasing. Our school population will be increasing by over 60 percent, yet we will be without a counselor, noon-time aides, classroom assistants, or necessary resources to educate our...

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The Aftermath of 3,783 Layoffs: What Will Philadelphia Schools Look Like?

(29) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Last Friday--June 7--was a dreary, rainy day in Philadelphia. A cruel foreshadowing, perhaps, for the announcement that would shock Philadelphians and educators everywhere later that afternoon.

At 4:30 PM, the news broke: 3,783 members of the School District of Philadelphia community were laid off. Three thousand. Seven hundred. Eighty-three. People....

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What Sequestration Means for My School

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:51 PM

My school is a rock in my neighborhood and provides a safe haven for the children we teach and nurture.

I teach third grade at Julia de Burgos Elementary School in Philadelphia. I've been teaching here for nine years. I love my job and I love my...

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We Are Failing Our Students -- They Are Not Failing Us

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:42 AM

When teachers speak out about the inequities of today's educational system, many are afraid (myself included) that they will be perceived as excuse makers not willing to look at their own practice as a component of their students' failure.

Numbers don't lie, say the experts. "A school in which X...

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Moving Beyond Rhetoric: Reflections From a Teacher in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy

(11) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 6:41 PM

In his remarks at the Newtown interfaith vigil on December 16, President Obama reminded grieving families and the nation that "This is our task -- caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right." If anything is clear from the...

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