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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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Another Reminder That We Can’t Hold Schools Accountable Without Giving Them Support

The buzz is building around a new radio documentary for our local NPR station in Chicago. The View from Room 205,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 3, 2017
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‘School Choice’ Is Great, as Long as We Don’t Forget the Value of a Great Neighborhood School

Someone asked me recently: “Don’t you agree that inner-city parents of color should have the same opportunities for choice as…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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Guess What, Liberals Support Charter Schools Too

It’s not easy being a political progressive and a charter school supporter. In these polarized times, it’s easy to forget…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 21, 2016
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He Was a Struggling High Schooler, Now He’s Headed to Division I

Last Tuesday, Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., a senior at Butler College Prep, became the first Noble Network of Charter Schools student…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 15, 2016
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Remember When I Said Trump Wouldn’t Have a Bigly Effect on Our Schools? I Was Wrong.

Last Wednesday I went to my daughter’s school to celebrate her second-grade teacher’s recent wedding. But it was a hard…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 9, 2016
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It Doesn’t Matter Who’s in the White House When It Comes to Education Policy

Anyone who has known me longer than five minutes knows that I am a pacifist, tree-hugging, worker-loving, Bernie Sanders Democrat.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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ESSA Is Not About Leaving the Babies Behind

Ask any public school parent—including me—about what happens when your child is in the earliest elementary grades, and you may…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 6, 2016
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How Chicago’s Noble Network Pioneered High School Innovation at Scale

If you set foot on campus at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Land of Lincoln’s flagship four-year school,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016
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Why Chicago Should Take A Deeper Look at Those Rising High School Grad Rates

Just in time for back to school, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the class of 2016’s graduation rate: 73.5…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 1, 2016
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How Personalized Learning Took This Charter School From Good to Great

Back in 2011, Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, on Chicago’s Northwest Side, was a pretty traditional place. Desks…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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