Ariel Johnson

Guest Blogger

Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Chicago, Illinois

Ariel Johnson is senior legislative affairs manager at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and a Surge fellow. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from John Carroll University and graduated from Loyola University School of Law.

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Posted Sep. 6, 2016

It Isn’t Easy, But Here’s How We’re Passing Pro-Charter Legislation in Illinois

A few months ago, I chronicled my time in Springfield as a second-year lobbyist for the Illinois Network of Charter…

By Ariel Johnson

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Posted June 24, 2016

Illinois Charter Community Has Best Legislative Session Since 2011, But We Need a Budget Now

As the Illinois legislative session ended on May 31, so did my second year as a lobbyist in Springfield. It…

By Ariel Johnson

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Posted June 20, 2017

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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…

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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…

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Posted June 16, 2017

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

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

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