Allison Jack

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Director of Charter Growth and Support, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Chicago, Illinois

Allison Jack is a mom of four with 20 years of experience in education improvement in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, beginning with her time as a classroom teacher and culminating in the work she does with high performing charter school leaders and teachers. She is currently director of Charter Growth and Support at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

She worked with many of the original charter schools in Chicago and co-founded the Namaste Charter School. She also held advocacy and policy roles in the Chicago Public Schools office of New Schools under then-CEO Arne Duncan and in the Governor’s office. Allison is an early Teach for America alum and a graduate of the University of Chicago.

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Posted May 13, 2016

Half-Day Kindergarten and the Suburban Communities That Cling to It

When we moved to an affluent Chicago suburb three years ago, I neglected to ask a critical question: Does the…

By Allison Jack

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Posted Dec. 2, 2019

Believe It or Not, Trump and DeVos Have Done Some Good for American Education

I’ve been leading Getting NYC Kindergarten and Getting Into NYC High School workshops for New York City parents for approximately 15 years. But only since…

By Alina Adams

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Posted Dec. 2, 2019

Don’t Take Us Back to the Days When Our Children With Disabilities Could Be Denied an Education

We barely survived my son Jonah’s adolescence. One evening in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station he pushed me so hard I fell to the ground and…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 2, 2019

Students Aren’t the Only Ones in Schools Who Need a Financial Literacy Course

From Maryland to Arizona, public schools report not having proper temperature control, adequate books or enough buses to ensure that children are picked up on…

By Rashawn Ray

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