selective enrollment

Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Say What You Want About Charter Schools But the South Side of Chicago Needed Options

The hunt for a quality education has so many layers that one blog post will not be enough to explore them all. I came to…

By Rebecca McCarter-Hall

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Posted Nov. 8, 2017

Do Not Close My Daughter’s School

My daughter, Rileigh Jasper, is a first-grader at National Teachers Academy (NTA) in Chicago Public Schools. The school holds the district’s top rating, Level 1+.…

By Sashai Alvarez Jasper

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Chicago’s Schools Are ‘Pretty Good,’ But That’s Not Good Enough

I have spent the last 15 years of my life committed to serving students across Chicago as a teacher and a leader. But today, I…

By Natalie Neris

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Posted June 7, 2017

What Do Baltimore Parents Want? Advanced Academics and Help Choosing Schools

When it comes to school choice, opportunity in theory isn’t enough. We must ensure that families have the know-how to exercise choice wisely and that…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to the Mamas Who Spend Years Fighting for Good Schools

I began my journey as a mother in November of 2013, seeing only the brightest future for my son. We slept the night that he…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Common Enrollment Is Just the First Step Toward High School Equity in Chicago

This week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to adopt a common enrollment process for high school admissions next year. This could be a great…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

Who Needs Selective Enrollment When Your Neighborhood High School Has an IB Program

This is a stressful time for many urban eighth-grade students and parents who are considering high school options, and hearing from public schools about acceptances…

By Alana G. Baum

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Don’t Talk to Me About ‘Privatization,’ Because Your ‘Public’ School Is Hardly Public

In Oakland, one of the highest achieving schools in the city is Hillcrest Elementary. It’s a “public” school that is 5 percent free and reduced-price…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted July 26, 2016

If Charter Schools Aren’t Public, Then Neither Are Elite Magnets

At a recent book club meeting, we were wrapping up a spirited discussion of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” when our talk veered to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 7, 2016

Yes, No, Maybe So: The Perils of High School Placement in Chicago

A few days ago my family sat down at the dining room table and opened high school acceptance and rejection letters. My 14-year-old daughter had…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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