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The heated education debate shouldn’t leave underserved students behind, July 7, 2016

"Access to Title I funds is a civil rights issue and the time has come for millions of children in low-income schools to receive the funding to which they are entitled. According to Ed Trust’s annual Funding Gaps report, high-poverty districts receive $1,200 less per student than low poverty districts..."


Coffee Break: Anthony Hernandez on Teacher Licensure and Arne Duncan Emojis, January 20, 2016

"It frankly has me worried that if a relatively small-scale policy change required this amount of organizing, legislative pressure, resources and publicity, what will larger policy battles require?"

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Putting excellent teachers where they’re needed most, July 13, 2015

"As both a third-grade teacher and a member of the steering committee that assembled the state report, I believe that we started out with the right approach to this work by identifying potential elements of institutional racism..."

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Minnesota's new teacher equity plan: 'It needs to be a living thing', September 28, 2015

“Teachers in classrooms who value equity know that to achieve a system where every child has access to the highest quality teachers is going to require a much bigger disruption in the way things are done.”

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Minnesota's increasingly diverse students need a more diverse teacher corps, November 14, 2014

"Yet when these students – the faces of Minnesota’s future – show up to start a new school year, they see teachers and role-models who are overwhelmingly white..."

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LOFT Spotlight: Anthony Hernandez, September 26, 2014

Anthony Hernandez is a 2008 Chicago region Hispanic Heritage Youth award recipient in Leadership. After receiving the award, Anthony continued to pursue his passion for service at Harvard University. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in government and political science.


Two named Truman Scholars: Undergrads recognized for work in education, April 11, 2011

“Education has always been a gateway to opportunity in my family,” he said. “My grandfather on my mother’s side went to college on the GI Bill. My dad was the first in his family to go to college. The role models in my life have always been teachers too: my mom, my high school choir teacher, and Congressman Walz all taught public school.”