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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

To All of the Educators, Love Not Money Will Close the Gap

I grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Toledo, Ohio. During my time in middle school, we did not have books or resources…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 8, 2017

It’s Gonna Take A Miracle To Keep My Kid in Chicago Public Schools All Year

It’s August, yet it’s chilly enough in Chicago to roast marshmallows. That’s what some friends from our daughter’s preschool invited us to do over the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 28, 2017

Superintendent’s View: Right Now Students Face ‘Bare Minimum’ Education in Illinois Until Our Funding Is Fixed

Too often Illinois has been viewed as a laughingstock by the rest of the country for its broken finances and its notorious governors. The chaos…

By Dan Cox

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Posted July 26, 2017

How About Pro-Teacher Teachers Unions?

On August 1, Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher who founded an organization called Teach Plus, will publish a new book about the importance of…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 27, 2017

Illinois Has a Rare Opportunity and Here’s One Last Chance for You to Weigh In

This is an amazing moment for educational equity in Illinois. After decades of suffering under the most inequitable method of funding schools in the country,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 26, 2017

We Built These Schools for Latino Kids Like Me, But Will Trump’s Budget Undo Our Work?

Graduation season is supposed to be a time of jubilation and glee, but the cruelty of President Trump’s budget has hung like a cloud over…

By Ana Ponce

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Posted June 16, 2017

I Have 770 Children. Okay, Not Really. But I Love My Students All the Same.

“Education among all kinds of men, always had, and always will have, an element of…revolution.” —W.E.B DuBois “The most revolutionary thing a Black man can…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 13, 2017

Jared’s Got Something Special and KIPP’s ‘Pathways’ Is Helping Him Show It

Eight-year-old Jared Teel-Drayton hops into the room, hands flapping, eyes darting, smile alight. He’s been painting—his class went to the art room today—and his teacher,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 12, 2017

Fix the Formula, Illinois. It’s Time.

Yesterday afternoon, my second-grader got her copy of the school yearbook. She flipped back to the kindergarten class photos. “Miss Maya’s class used to have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 Illinois where 95 percent of…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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