Allison Jack

Guest Blogger

Director of Charter Growth and Support, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Chicago, Illinois

Allison Jack is a mom of four with 20 years of experience in education improvement in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, beginning with her time as a classroom teacher and culminating in the work she does with high performing charter school leaders and teachers. She is currently director of Charter Growth and Support at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

She worked with many of the original charter schools in Chicago and co-founded the Namaste Charter School. She also held advocacy and policy roles in the Chicago Public Schools office of New Schools under then-CEO Arne Duncan and in the Governor’s office. Allison is an early Teach for America alum and a graduate of the University of Chicago.

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Posted May 13, 2016

Half-Day Kindergarten and the Suburban Communities That Cling to It

When we moved to an affluent Chicago suburb three years ago, I neglected to ask a critical question: Does the…

By Allison Jack

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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