Hartford · In the State

Gwen Samuel: “We Parents Don’t Need Other People’s Permission To Raise Our Children!”

Wanted to share with my readers the latest by parent rights advocate and founder of the Connecticut Parent’s Union, Gwen Samuel, where she takes on the normalization of stereotypes about black parents — Check it out: ” The Struggle is still so real – sigh… The stereotypes and prejudgments about Black, brown and poor parents… Continue reading Gwen Samuel: “We Parents Don’t Need Other People’s Permission To Raise Our Children!”

Hartford · In the State

The Other Side Of Open Choice: Hartford Mom Speaks Out On Racism Her Sons Faced In Suburban School

The Open Choice program, which allows students to enter into a lottery for seats at schools outside their home district, was devised by the state as a way to fix racial segregation in schools. The goal of the program is to help kids in places like Hartford, by giving minority students access to high performing… Continue reading The Other Side Of Open Choice: Hartford Mom Speaks Out On Racism Her Sons Faced In Suburban School

Hartford · In the State

Gwen Samuel Reflects On Her Struggle Being A Black Parent Advocate: Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple When Dealing With Real Life

Wanted to share with my readers Gwen Samuel’s latest, where she reflects on what it’s like being a black mom, advocating for parent choice — thought it could be helpful for others in the struggle. Gwen is a Meriden mom, whose been fighting for kids since 2010 when she lead the charge for the state… Continue reading Gwen Samuel Reflects On Her Struggle Being A Black Parent Advocate: Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple When Dealing With Real Life

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Who Gets To Speak For Parents? Hint: It’s Not The Teachers Union

A few days ago I noticed a new pop-up ad that I hadn’t seen before. It read: “Don’t balance the budget on my back,” featuring a sad boy, bogged down by an enormous backpack. Here’s what the ad looked like: Clicking on the link sent me to the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) web page. That’s where… Continue reading Who Gets To Speak For Parents? Hint: It’s Not The Teachers Union

Hartford · In the State

Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”

Gwen Samuel, a Meriden mom and the founder of the Connecticut Parents Union, shares her story, explaining why she can’t be brought by either side of the education debate: Shirley Chisholm said  “There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must… Continue reading Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”