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Posted Mar. 23, 2017
liberaled

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
kidsholdingcheck

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
nolaboys

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 Feb. 15, 2017
grouphug

The Greatest Teaching Tool a School Can Have? Love.

Somewhere along the way, public schools stopped investing in the souls of children.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Jan. 27, 2017
aei

I’m Frustrated by the Way Education Reformers Talk About Race and Social Justice

On January 25, I had the honor of sitting on one of two panels on “Race, Social Justice and Education Reform,” co-hosted by the American…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017
endlessbattles

My Students Have Already Fought Endless Battles to Survive Before They Even Set Foot in School

Earlier this year, my first year of teaching ninth- and 10th-grade English, I taught a graphic novel called “Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016
barrierstowellness

Students of Color Say These 6 Things Impact Their Health and Wellness

The Center for Promise has partnered with students across America to publish a first-of-its-kind report titled Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Dec. 2, 2016
emptyseats

I Did Everything I Could to Reach This Student But I Still Lost Him to the Streets

Three years ago this September, Marquise* walked in on the opening day of school at Baker College Prep and carried himself with the quiet confidence…

By Sean Healy

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016
emanuel

Sunshine in Chicago: Don’t Write Mayor Emanuel’s Political Obituary Yet

According to local legend, Richard J. Daley, the Mayor of Chicago from 1955 to 1976, was once told that a group of experts had concluded…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016
policeline

What We’re Saying When We Don’t Talk to Students About Violence in Chicago

Chicago students witness many different acts of violence in their local communities. In just the past year, there have been 400 shootings involving people of…

By Eliza Bryant, Gabrielle Pike

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
realchoice

When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
girlatlunch

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
parentinvolvement

You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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