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Posted May 26, 2016
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An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the ’hood and I come in peace. I want…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 23, 2016
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A Chicago Teacher’s Struggle to Get Kids to College in a Culture of Violence and Fear

Not so long ago, I learned that one of my former students, a fun-loving, academically strong kid who is now…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 16, 2016
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How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 5, 2016
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Here’s What Really Caused the Walton Foundation to Stop Funding Charter Schools in Chicago

The Walton Family Foundation just announced it will stop funding charter schools in Chicago likely for the same reason I’m…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 28, 2016
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OK, I Love Technology in the Classroom, But Here Are Some Things We Can’t Forget

Which innovations should the future president of the United States promote in schools across America? I answered that question on…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 14, 2016
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Are District Schools Entitled to Teach Other People’s Children?

On April 1, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out on their jobs six weeks ahead of the official date…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 7, 2016
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Chicago Teachers, Let’s Take a Moment to Breathe

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is spiraling in political, financial and educational free-fall. I won’t go into all the gory details…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 28, 2016
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A Tough Love Message to Charter Schools About the Dangers of Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

I’m an avid supporter of charter schools. I work at one. I send my kids to one. I donate to…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2016
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5 Reasons Why This Educator Is Loving Khan Academy for Her Students and Children

A LearnStorm is sweeping the Chicago Public Schools, and while students taking this nine-week Khan Academy math challenge will build…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 14, 2016
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How Not to Help Poor, Black Children

Four years ago, I traveled to Cameroon on an educational mission trip. I packed as light as I could to…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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