In her last blog entry of the school year, former National Teacher of the Year Betsy Rogers reflects on what it means to be “brave and bold” — for teachers and for students in high-poverty schools where they are written off by some decision makers.

Rogers’ blog, Brighton’s Hope, is a chronicle of her experiences as a school improvement leader in one of Alabama’s most challenged — and overlooked — public schools. Brighton –a 99 percent minority, 99 percent free-lunch school — is located in the Jefferson County (AL) Public Schools system.

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