Tracy Dell’Angela

Tracy

Education Blogger

Chicago, Illinois

Tracy Dell’Angela is a writer. 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. She is married to Peter Barber, a marketing executive and former school board president. They are the proud but broke tuition-paying parents of two daughters, both in college.

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Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 4, 2016
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How Florida Is Setting Students Up for Failure By Not Mandating Remedial Courses

Another research organization took a fresh look at the issue of remedial education, confirming once again that yes, our nation’s college…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016
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To Hell With the Naysayers, I’m Rooting for Anyone Who Wants to #RethinkHighSchool

A decade ago, I reported on the first graduation ceremony at Chicago’s Spry Community Links High School, which I described…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016
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Education Polling: Are Americans Complacent, or Just Confused?

Opt-Out. Testing. Charters. Common Core. Closings. Accountability. Standards. Teacher Tenure. Teacher Pay. School Spending. If you’re in the education bubble,…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 26, 2016
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If Charter Schools Aren’t Public, Then Neither Are Elite Magnets

At a recent book club meeting, we were wrapping up a spirited discussion of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time”…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 13, 2016
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Brave San Francisco Principals Defy Their School Board and Hire Teach For America Corps Members

A heartening bit of news came out of San Francisco this week for folks who are exhausted by the kneejerk…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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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. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

By Tom Rademacher

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