ABI Blog: Part & Parcel

Part & Parcel: A blog about education in Baltimore and beyond, by Will McKenna, Executive Director of Afya Baltimore Inc. (ABI). ABI operates three Baltimore City public charter schools educating more than 1500 students. @abi_schools

The Things We Carry

September 18, 2017

Ken Burns’ new series, The Vietnam War, premiers this week on PBS. It is sure to be riveting and trenchantly visceral television. The 1960s offer interesting parallels to ...

Struggle and Hope

September 11, 2017

I’ve recently been listening to and reading Ta-Nehisi Coates. He has a new longform essay out in The Atlantic, The First White President, a devastating indictment of Donal...

In my series about changing the school system, I’ve written many times that while building or renovating school buildings is important work, attracting and training and en...

A Plan for Improving Baltimore City’s Public School System in 25 Short Years The First in a Four-Part Series: Introduction The Second in a Four-Part Series: Clear ...

I've  started riding my bike again. A few years ago I rode a lot. I loved to get up early in the morning and ride. When I rode I also wrote stories and emails and essay...

A Plan for Improving Baltimore City’s Public School System in 25 Short Years The First in a Four-Part Series: Introduction The Second in a Four-Part Series: Clear ...

Diane Ravitch has a new essay in the New Republic blaming Democrats for Betsy Devos, the new education secretary appointed by President Trump. She makes a few good points and se...

Full Measure

May 5, 2017

Since coming back from spring break, I’ve been working at one of my schools, Afya PCS, full time. The principal there, Katie Eichman, has taken leave to be at home with ...

A Plan for Improving Baltimore City’s Public School System in 25 Short Years The First in a Four-Part Series: Introduction Clear I’ve got public education i...

The first of a four-part series Introduction After toppling the government of Saddam Hussein in 2003, American military leaders and diplomats were unprepared for what came...

Mayor Pugh has been talking a lot about charter schools lately. This isn’t a bad thing. I’ve been arguing for a while now that we need conversations about charter sc...

A few years ago I was talking with a colleague who believed that charter schools got too much money. It was a reflective conversation, friendly and thoughtful. On most issues in...

Doggone It, Live!

March 3, 2017

My family and I have had a month. It’s all little stuff. But it adds up. It started with my dog Oliver. He weighs a hundred pounds. He’s beautiful. I love him very m...

Baltimore’s public school system is in crisis. Again. In times of crisis people hunker down. Today, tomorrow, next week, next month—that’s all people can think...

Part & Parcel

February 22, 2017

As I introduced this blog in early February, my inspiration was the Friday Letter each of our school principals write every week to families. I intended to follow suit and ...

Rally or Roll Over

February 16, 2017

On January 14, 2004, Baltimore Sun reporters Liz Bowie and Tanika White wrote the following: “Baltimore school officials are threatening to lay off 1,200 more employees...

To understand why things are so bad financially for our schools now—and they are very bad—2010 is the place to look. At the time, everything was, as my kids say, awe...

Cray-Cray

February 10, 2017

In the last few weeks, in education news, this: Jason Botel, an advocate with local ties, surprised everyone and took a job as senior advisor in the White House; Betsy Devos was...

Each week our school leaders write home to families in what we have come to call our Friday Letters. This correspondence gives our principals the chance to communicate directly ...