Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

These last few weeks we’ve received an overwhelming response from teachers, parents and students eager to report from the front lines of education reform as a RI-CAN School Reform Blogging Fellow.

And today I’m proud to introduce you to two extraordinary Rhode Islanders whose applications stood out above all the rest. Congratulations to Tracey Dann and Rafael Torres, our 2012 School Reform Blogging Fellows!

Click here to read the first blog from one of our fellows.

In the meantime, get to know a little more about our fellows:

Tracey is the proud mother of one second-grader and two first-graders at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy. As a parent and substitute teacher, Tracey has seen what both traditional public schools and public charter schools have to offer for the children of Cumberland. In the next few weeks, she looks forward to using the blog to advocate for her children, as well as for all the children in Rhode Island public schools.

Rafael is a sophomore at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School in Providence. To feed his love of journalism and politics, Rafael serves as the editor-in-chief of his school newspaper, interns for Senator Juan M. Pichardo, is co-captain of the Alvarez debate team and was recently nominated to be the school’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Ambassador. He plans to study journalism in college and hopes to one day change lives through his writing.

I am thrilled that Tracey and Rafael will be giving us front-row seats to how policy plays out in Rhode Island’s public schools.

Congratulations again to both of them!


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