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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

No, They’re Not Vouchers. Here’s What Illinois’ New Tax-Credit Scholarships Actually Are.

The final compromise that allowed Illinois to implement a new, more equitable education funding formula included a surprise—a 5-year pilot of tax-credit scholarships, which allow…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 9, 2017

9 Things Every Kid Needs to Know Before Going Back to School

Back-to-school time is a hectic and often stressful part of everyone’s year. Students, parents and teachers alike are bombarded with lists of what and what…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Nov. 11, 2016

Congratulations on Being a Good Person, But That Doesn’t Excuse Racism.

Dear America, We must do better. After too many highly-publicized murders of Black men at the hands of police, I am reminded of how much…

By Joyce Chiao

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Posted Oct. 10, 2016

Nashville’s Superintendent Should Just Ignore Diane Ravitch’s Fire and Brimstone

“Autocratic, power-hungry, tone-deaf bureaucrat.” These are the venom-laced words written by Diane Ravitch, reverend of edu-righteousness, in a recent blog post about Nashville’s director of…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Striking Is the Most Morally Broke and Opposite-of-Woke Thing Chicago Teachers Could Do

Here we are again. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has voted to go nuclear and strike in an attempt to settle labor-management disputes over compensation…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 12, 2016

Sex Ed Isn’t Enough, Our Schools Should Be Teaching Sexual Consent

My family and I know an adorable toddler who loves to chase other children and kiss them. My soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter is mortified by him.…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the school year—exhaustion. This is my…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

It’s Non-Negotiable. We Have to Teach Social Justice in Our Schools.

In a recent article, J. Martin Rochester, a professor of political science at the University of St. Louis-Missouri, raised concerns about teaching social justice in…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

Is Integration Your Silver Bullet? Time to Get Real.

Hey, guess what? That whole school reform thing? They’ve figured it out. That’s right, it turns out all students can achieve, excel academically and grow…

By Tanesha Peeples

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