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Posted Dec. 11, 2017

How Three Black Male Educators Took a Seventh-Grader From ‘Discipline Problem’ To Poetry Champ

Chris is a young man who struggles mightily with his academic work and has a reputation among teachers and students as a “discipline problem.” Needless…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

As a First-Generation College Student I Need a Lot More Than Financial Aid

I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

SAT Scores Are Up But Only 46 Percent of Students Are Prepared for College

SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration, if you wanted to ignore…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 5, 2017

I Looked at Illinois’ School Funding Plan and the Numbers Just Aren’t Adding Up

With the recent passage of Illinois’ school funding plan, SB 1947, Illinois, so often an example of what not to do in school finance, is…

By Max Marchitello

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Posted Aug. 16, 2017

Illinois’ School Accountability Plan Doesn’t Work for Our Kids and the Feds Told Them So

It’s comforting to learn that the feds (i.e. The U.S. Department of Education run by Secretary Betsy DeVos) has some serious concerns about Illinois accountability…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 7, 2017

Here’s Why You Should Worry Less About Your Kid’s Happiness and More About Their Test Scores

We’ve known this for a while, but here’s another survey to add fuel to the fire: Parents tend to inflate their kids’ academic progress and…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 25, 2017

10 Things Teachers Do That Drive Students Crazy

We’re in the heart of summer, a time when teachers are knee deep in professional training and contemplating how to improve their practice for a…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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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 May 18, 2017

Let’s Stop With the Handcuffs and Train Teachers to Deal With Special Needs

I couldn’t watch the video of the Florida child being handcuffed in the principal’s office. As a writer and a policy wonk, I am not supposed…

By Heather Hurlburt

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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 the simple rankings of test…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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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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