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Posted May 3, 2017

Illinois Charter Champion Daniel Burke Fights for Funding Equity

Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced its annual list of Charter Champions, elected officials from both sides of the aisle who have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Sep. 6, 2016

It Isn’t Easy, But Here’s How We’re Passing Pro-Charter Legislation in Illinois

A few months ago, I chronicled my time in Springfield as a second-year lobbyist for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS). During the legislative…

By Ariel Johnson

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Posted June 24, 2016

Illinois Charter Community Has Best Legislative Session Since 2011, But We Need a Budget Now

As the Illinois legislative session ended on May 31, so did my second year as a lobbyist in Springfield. It has taken me a few…

By Ariel Johnson

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Posted Apr. 6, 2016

750 Charter School Parents Head to Statehouse to Fight for Equitable Treatment of Charter Public Schools in Illinois

Charter public school advocates are rallying in Chicago this morning to demonstrate their schools’ achievements and demand more equitable funding. Gary Comer College Prep scholars…

By Andrew Broy

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Posted Oct. 7, 2015

With No Vision, Both Charters and District Schools in Chicago Will Perish

If it feels like the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have been wandering around in the wilderness for the past 12 years, it’s because we have.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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