Beth Swanson

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Vice President of Strategy and Programs, Joyce Foundation

Chicago, Illinois

Beth Swanson is Vice President of Strategy and Programs at the Joyce Foundation. She was at the center of Chicago’s successful effort to lift student achievement as a top deputy to former CPS CEO Arne Duncan and as Deputy for Education in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term, and was recently appointed to the board of City Colleges of Chicago.

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Posted Oct. 10, 2017

From Last to Leading: How Chicago Public Schools Made the Leap

Thirty years after being labeled the worst school district in the nation and after two decades of fiscal crisis, Chicago…

By Beth Swanson

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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