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 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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