Marilyn Rhames

Marilyn Rhames, an award-winning blogger, is a blunt Chicago teacher with an eye toward educational and spiritual reform. Photographed in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, November 7, 2013.(Photo by Scott Strazzante)

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Alumni Support Manager, Chicago Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Posted Mar. 7, 2016
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Yes, No, Maybe So: The Perils of High School Placement in Chicago

A few days ago my family sat down at the dining room table and opened high school acceptance and rejection…

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Every Kid Needs a Champion, and Mrs. Saxon Was Mine

If you haven’t seen this video demonstrating the power of a good teacher, stop reading this blog now and watch it.…

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Posted Feb. 16, 2016
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No Lines in the Sand: How to Keep Ourselves Honest in School Politics

If politics make strange bedfellows, as the saying goes, then school politics just make fellows strange. Strange, or you might…

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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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