Ariel Johnson

Guest Blogger

Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Chicago, Illinois

Ariel Johnson is senior legislative affairs manager at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and a Surge fellow. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from John Carroll University and graduated from Loyola University School of Law.

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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…

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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…

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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