Jobi Cates

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Vice President of Communications, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Chicago, Illinois

Jobi Cates is Vice President of Communications for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the mother of two public school children. She formerly served as a Senior Director for Human Rights Watch, and was a program consultant on education policy initiatives for NACSA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust. Jobi started her career in city government, working for Mayor Richard M. Daley and then-Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

I’m an Unlikely Supporter of School Choice Week

This week is National School Choice Week and that makes me very nervous about posting anything about my job on…

By Jobi Cates

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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