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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 Feb. 1, 2017

Trump Isn’t Just Stopping at the Travel Ban. His Executive Order on Immigration Could Impact School Funding.

In the spring of 2007, I was sitting in my next-door neighbors’ house with their teenage daughter, talking about a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 27, 2017

If Betsy DeVos on Special Education Bothers You, You Should Be Watching Jeff Sessions, Too

The education world is filled with chatter for and against Betsy DeVos. Some of the loudest concerns have been over…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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 May 11, 2017

It’s Not Just About What Happens in School, After School Matters, Too

President Trump’s “skinny budget” for the coming fiscal year is chock full of proposed cutbacks to longstanding federal programs. But one of his most surprising…

By Jodi Grant

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Posted May 10, 2017

Why Poor College Kids Like Us Need to Start Asking for the Help We Need

Growing up, my parents embedded the ideology that I should be happy and grateful for what I have. My mother would say, “Aunque seamos pobres,…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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