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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 Apr. 7, 2017

My Brother Is in Prison and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Is to Blame

Schools are sending kids on a fast-track to prison, and it is hurting the future of our country. Schools use suspensions and expulsions to punish…

By James Schuster

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017

Suspension Is No Longer the Only Tool Educators Have to Address Discipline Problems

A student yells at a teacher, engages in an altercation with a peer or is continually late to class. For decades, under a zero-tolerance framework,…

By Catherine Bradshaw

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017

To Understand Why Rachel’s Fighting, You Need to Understand What Schools Are Missing About Student Discipline

When Rachel walked into my office, she was holding the side of her face. The nurse came in and cleaned up any open wounds she…

By Ingrid Lafalaise

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Are We Finally Putting an End to Corporal Punishment? It’s About Time.

This morning the Obama administration has called for an end to the use of corporal punishment, with Education Secretary John King urging states and school…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

The Promise of Student Agency: How This Charter School Is Moving Beyond ‘No Excuses’

It’s hard to break with something for which you have long advocated. But several years ago that’s what we knew we had to do. When…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

Stop Blaming Black and Brown Kids and Learn From Schools That Get Discipline Right

After U.S. Education Secretary John King encouraged charters to rethink their discipline policies, many of the ensuing conversations have been problematic. As someone who has…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted May 24, 2016

Illinois Is Trying Out a New School Discipline Law, But Will It Make Schools Safer?

Perhaps it is to be expected in our politically polarized country, but opinions about the state of discipline in our public schools fall into two…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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