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LTL Ep. 8: The Mom of 3 Who Is Also CEO of Baltimore’s Schools (ft. Sonja Santelises)

Sonja Santelises is a bold and relatable leader who is able to cut through the noise in the service of students. During our conversation, she told me about why she feels an obligation to support students in becoming leaders, why it is wrong to hold students back a grade due to COVID-19 and why evidence based reading instruction is vital to putting our children on a path to a free and prosperous future. And lots more. 

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Erika Sanzi
Erika Sanzi is a former educator and elected school committee member and the chief editor of this site, Project Forever Free. She is also a senior visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. She blogs at Good School Hunting and occasionally writes for other outlets including Scary Mommy, The 74, and The Hill. She is the mother of three school aged sons who currently attend a district school, a charter school, and a private school—in 3 different zip codes! Rhode Island is home.

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