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Posted May 11, 2017

Parents Are More Than Just an Extra Set of Hands, They Have the Power to Change a School’s Culture

On a recent rainy Saturday morning, just up the street from my daughter’s charter school, a small group of us…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 9, 2017

Arts Education Isn’t Taking a Backseat in Chicago Public Schools

In the midst of a financial crisis, Chicago’s public schools have continued to strengthen their commitment to arts education. So…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 3, 2017

3 Ways We Can Start Counting High School Graduates Accurately and Raise Graduation Rates

This week, the GradNation campaign released a report allowing people to compare graduation rates among states and to the national…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 3, 2017

Illinois Charter Champion Daniel Burke Fights for Funding Equity

Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced its annual list of Charter Champions, elected officials from both sides…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 2, 2017

Chicago’s New Graduation Requirement Can Work, If Students Have the Support They Need

This June, Back of the Yards College Prep High School in Chicago will hold its first graduation ceremony. It’s a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Common Enrollment Is Just the First Step Toward High School Equity in Chicago

This week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to adopt a common enrollment process for high school admissions next year.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

Hey Charter Schools, If You Don’t Want a Union, Don’t Give Teachers a Reason to Organize

Within the last few weeks, efforts to unionize charter schools have seen two major new developments: the first-ever organizing drive…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017

When Parents Don’t Trust School Vouchers, Community Advocates Can Lead Them to Tax-Credit Scholarships

On Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, sandwiched between a quesadilla restaurant and Helen’s Hair Design, sits a tiny, nondescript storefront. Inside,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017

In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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