Christopher Butler

Guest Blogger

President and CEO, Citizen Consulting Group Inc.

Chicago, Illinois

Chris Butler is first a husband and a dad. He has been involved across the spectrum of public engagement activities and has worked with a number of diverse constituencies in urban and suburban communities. He has also been involved in several political campaigns including his service as a youth and young adult coordinator for Barack Obama’s primary bid for U.S. Senate.

Chris worked as deputy campaign manager and field director for A+ Illinois where he developed a strong, statewide field operation including over 500 organizations and 50,000 individuals around the state working to bring adequacy and equity to Illinois’ school funding system and as the director of advocacy and outreach at New Schools for Chicago, a leader in school reform in Chicago.

Chris is a 2006 graduate of the Ministry Training Institute and holds a degree in civic and political engagement from Northeastern Illinois University.

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017

To the 121 Transformative Young Black Leaders Out There, Let’s Start a Revolution in Education

Last year, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) launched a Social Innovation Challenge dangling the prospect of receiving a…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017

WATCH: These Philly Parents Took a Freedom Ride to D.C. to Fight for Better Schools

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, seven families from North Philadelphia set out on a journey for their children’s education. We…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Feb. 9, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: Black Families Like Mine Are Fed Up With the Public School System and Choosing Home Schooling

Inner-city Black families are the largest growing population of home-schoolers in America. …

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Jan. 20, 2017

Not Everybody Talking About Education Reform Is an Unschooled Billionaire

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) joined other teachers unions around the country yesterday to…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

The NAACP Is Old, Large and Wrong, and I’m Feeling Sick, Angry and Fed Up.

It just so happened that I was at the high school fair in Philadelphia when it came over my Twitter…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Aug. 16, 2016

7 Rules for Radical Parents Who Demand a Great Education

My (almost) 5-year-old is super excited about September 12th. That’s the day when she and her 3-year-old brother will start…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 28, 2016

I Supported Hillary Before It Was Cool. Now I Hope She Does the Right Thing By Kids

I went on record as a Hillary Clinton supporter before it was the cool thing to do. Now I hope that…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 7, 2016

It Is Our Righteous Duty to Say F— the Police

I’m going to have to stand in a pulpit with the team of church leaders at my church in Englewood…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 6, 2016

Thank You, Abner Mikva, for Being the ‘Somebody’ Nobody Sent

I heard Abner Mikva’s story before I ever met Abner Mikva. I was a seventh-grader on the West Side of…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted May 27, 2016

It Took 9 Years But My Family’s Lessons Got Me Through College

When I walked onto the campus of DePaul University in the fall of 2003, I was scared. I felt prepared…

By Christopher Butler

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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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