Tracy Dell’Angela

Education Blogger

Chicago, Illinois

Tracy is a writer, non-profit director and a mom passionate about education improvements. Previously, Tracy was Director of Outreach and Communications for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. She came to IES from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, which produces research that drives improvement in Chicago and nationwide. She also served as Senior Project Director for 100Kin10 at the University of Chicago and was Director of Program Investments and Partnerships for the Chicago Public Education Fund. Tracy spent most of her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, including 12 years at the Chicago Tribune as an education reporter covering national policy and the Chicago Public Schools.

A Californian by birth but a Chicagoan in spirit, Tracy attended University of Chicago as a master’s student in social sciences and earned a B.A. in journalism and political science from San Diego State University.

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Posted June 8, 2017

Illinois’ Current School Funding Formula Is the Definition of Insanity. Here’s How This Superintendent Says We Can Fix It.

Kimako Patterson is the superintendent of Prairie-Hills Elementary District 144. Prairie-Hills is a 2,600-student district in the south suburbs of…

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Posted May 16, 2017

Parents Can’t Just Use Test Scores to Choose a School. They Need the Whole Story.

Whenever parents would get into a discussion about “good schools” and “bad schools,” I would urge them to look beyond…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 20, 2017

It’s Common Sense: There Are No Great Schools Without Great Principals

Back in the day, when I was an education reporter and trying to figure out where to find the school…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017

Forget Your Nostalgia for White Picket Fences, Suburban Schools Need to Accept the New Reality

There’s a myth that persists in education for both parents and teachers: That heading to suburban schools somehow insulates you from…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 3, 2017

Analyzing High School Performance State-by-State Is Like Comparing Bananas to Bowling Balls

I know we’re all supposed to be on the “local control” bandwagon when it comes to setting school accountability standards,…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 8, 2016

Our High Schools Can’t Afford To Ignore These Mediocre PISA Scores

I recently spoke to a handful of young women at a high school in North Carolina who had taken an…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

Yes, I am a Suburban White Mom and I Did Just Go There With Race and Charter Schools

In his latest burst of fragging, conservative school reformer Robert Pondiscio recently argued that social justice-minded school reformers have only…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016

Here We Go Again: White Privileged Suburbs Deciding What’s Best for Black and Brown Children

There’s something depressingly familiar about the privileged pushback we’re seeing in Massachusetts around the ballot measure to lift the cap…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 13, 2016

If We Value Great Schools, We Need Strong Teachers. President Obama’s New Teacher Prep Reforms Can Do Just That.

If we value great schools, we need strong teachers. But far too many teacher preparation programs are not producing them.…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 12, 2016

Hey Parents, Common Core Is Working Despite All the Fuss About Fuzzy Math

I know from experience that parents generally don’t tune into news about state test results until they get that personalized…

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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