Gun Violence

Posted Oct. 5, 2017

I’m Trying to Teach My Students That Mass Shootings Aren’t Normal, But It’s Getting Harder

At [7:30] Monday morning a faculty announcement rang out over the PA system. “Report to the cafeteria for an informational meeting.” When that particular, unplanned…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

Finding the Right School for My Son Has Literally Changed His Life

In the spring of 2015, my family and I moved from the far South Side of Chicago to the South Loop so our son could…

By Rekeia Williams

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Posted Sep. 18, 2017

I Got to Be a Fly on the Wall in a Room Full of Teachers

On a recent afternoon, I spent two hours listening to eight public school teachers talk about their work. All but one of them teaches in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 1, 2017

Rapper Vic Mensa Gets Real About Being Branded ‘Black’ and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Vic Mensa wants to be the voice of Chicago. That means speaking out against gun violence, the drug trade and other issues that have found…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted July 27, 2017

Stop Telling Students They Need to Leave ‘The Hood’ to Be Successful

“¡Mija, ya vamonos! Es hora de ir a la escuela.” I quickly shoved my notebook into my blue Jansport backpack, careful to not widen the hole…

By Desiree Martinez

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017

The White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts to Community Service Programs Will Leave Students Behind

The current budget proposal the White House has submitted to Congress eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency…

By Christine Poorman, Rebeca Nieves Huffman

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Posted Mar. 23, 2017

How Teaching a Liberal Education Will Help Our Students Move Past Prejudice and Embrace Our Common Humanity

In 1952, as the world continued to take stock of the devastation wrought by authoritarian regimes, a coalition of prominent universities and preparatory schools called…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

I’ve Got an Idea for How We Can Spend Chance The Rapper’s $1 Million

Chance The Rapper announced that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. The announcement is big news, and hopefully will…

By Jennifer Hartmann

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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