Christopher Butler

ChristopherButler

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 Jan. 20, 2017
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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…

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Feb. 2, 2016
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Too Good to Be True: CTU Should Have Taken the Offer

There’s an old saying that goes, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Yesterday, the Chicago…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Jan. 6, 2016

In Defense of Cheaters: I Understand Why They Lied About Their Address to Go to That School

What do you know? The Chicago Public Schools Inspector General has discovered that families from affluent Chicago neighborhoods and even…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015
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Is There Anywhere a Black Youth Can Be Counted as a Real Person?

Last night I did something I promised myself I would not do. I watched the tragic dashcam video in which…

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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