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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. 7, 2016
whitneyyoung

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…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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