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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 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 June 23, 2017

I Never Thought I’d Be Legally Allowed to Stay in This Country. Now I’m a Teacher.

I never thought I’d get here. I never thought I’d be legally allowed to stay in this country, be a college graduate or be a…

By Angelica Del Rio

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Posted June 23, 2017

This Mom Knows Oversized Classrooms and Overworked Teachers, She Didn’t Want That for Her Children

Where do you live, and what schools do your children attend? My family lives in Tacoma. My daughter attends Green Dot Destiny Middle School, and…

By Danielle Davies, Francesca McDaniel

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Posted June 21, 2017

Coffee Break: Kennan Scott on Cold Brew, Mad Scientists and Teaching STEM to Kids of Color

Kennan Scott teaches engineering at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a transit engineer, where he saw…

By Katelyn Silva

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