Maureen Kelleher

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Chicago, Illinois

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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’…

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Posted May 17, 2016
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I Believe in Chicago Public Schools, But They Deserve a Fair Shake

Libby Elementary stands less than a mile away from my home on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The shocking fact about Libby…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 20, 2016
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‘It’s Just a Toilet’: How Students Fought for a Gender-Neutral Bathroom

On the morning of Tuesday, April 16, 2016, the first day Santee Education Complex’s gender-neutral bathroom officially opened, things kicked…

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Posted Mar. 31, 2016
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Here’s Why April 1 Is a Big Day for Chicago’s Public Charter Schools, Too

All eyes are on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) plans for a one-day strike on…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 21, 2016
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How One Charter School Is Stepping Up Its Leadership Game

Successions are often tough times for schools of all kinds. When one principal leaves and another takes over, everything changes—for…

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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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