Posts from 2017

Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Just Imagine Being a Parent at This School Where Your Kid Was Stabbed to Death

I write from a place of privilege today. I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Why Are We Complaining About Common Funding a Charter School? It’s a Good Thing

Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times released an article announcing that Chicago native, rapper and actor, Common, was financially backing an arts-focused charter school. And as…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Say What You Want About Charter Schools But the South Side of Chicago Needed Options

The hunt for a quality education has so many layers that one blog post will not be enough to explore them all. I came to…

By Rebecca McCarter-Hall

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

School Nutrition Matters. Here’s How Our Schools Can Do Better.

The reason we still serve hot lunch in school cafeterias is because districts nationwide recognize that well-nourished kids are better equipped to learn. The science…

By Jamie Siebrase

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Homelessness, Cancer and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to Shadina Charles that it is time to wake up and get her daughters…

By Keciah Bailey

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Want to Close Achievement Gaps? Know Why They Exist in the First Place

There’s a sad reality in our education system today: Some students just don’t do as well as others. I realize I’m not breaking news here,…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Everything That’s Right and Wrong About Education Reform, I Learned at My 25th Corliss High School Reunion

At my 25th high school reunion dinner recently, I found myself upset. I had a major conflict of interest, where my loyalties were challenged and…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Public Education Is Shortchanging Students and Families in Favor of Politics

When I look at school districts around the country, I see public education becoming more about politics and less about students and families. Increasingly, parents…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

We Can’t Be Teachers by Day and Oppress Our Students of Color by Night

A few summers back, I was at a wedding reception, exchanging the customary pleasantries one does when seated next to people one has only just…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Every Time You Misgender a Trans Person and We Say ‘It’s Alright,’ It’s Not

Being misgendered feels like getting stabbed in the back, even when people don’t do it on purpose. I’ve learned to live with that pain, it’s…

By Ash Whipple

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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