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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 Aug. 11, 2016
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This Teacher Is Going to the Olympics

How cool would it be if your gym teacher went to the Olympics? For the students at Bulls College Prep,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 13, 2016
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Illinois Has Plenty of Teachers, Just Not the Ones We Need the Most

A few years ago, I had a conversation with a young African-American man who was a high school senior in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 29, 2016
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Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 21, 2016
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Gov. Rauner, Don’t Call Yourself a Charter School Supporter Until You Fund Our Schools

The war between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the state’s General Assembly has claimed its first charter casualty:…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 15, 2016
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If We Want Poor Kids to Get an Equal Shot at Learning, We Must Make Hard Choices

It’s not every day you see the phrase “supplement, not supplant” make it into The New York Times. But it…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 26, 2016
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These Chicago Twins Have Some Advice for First-Generation College Hopefuls

Fraternal twins Kemonte and Kymon Harrington are members of the first graduating class of the Noble Network of Charter Schools’…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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