Ikhlas Saleem

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Director of Digital Content, Education Post

Atlanta, Georgia

Ikhlas Saleem is Director of Digital Content for Education Post. In addition to managing editorial and digital content, she produces and co-hosts Education Post’s podcast, Voices4Ed.

Prior to joining Education Post, Ikhlas developed digital and content strategy for legislative campaigns aimed at increasing college affordability and ensuring fair workplaces for women and low-wage workers in Chicago. In addition to her commitment to ensuring low-income students of color have access to the best education possible, Ikhlas also thinks a lot about the intersection of race, gender and Muslim life in America, which she explores on the Identity Politics podcast.

For K-12, Ikhlas attended a private, community-ran Islamic School in Atlanta, Georgia. Ikhlas is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a master’s in theological studies from Harvard University.

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Posted May 21, 2019

They’re Trying to Ban Charter Schools in California. Here’s Why That Matters.

About two years ago this time I had to write an explainer piece when the NAACP pushed for a moratorium…

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Posted July 5, 2018

Molly Cole on Opening Brooke East Boston Charter School and Becoming One of the Top Schools in the State

Molly Cole, founding principal of Brooke East Boston Charter School, was honored this school year with the Ryan Award for…

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Posted Jan. 8, 2018

A Conversation With Black Parents, Teachers and Students

VIDEO SERIES: We recently brought together a group of Black teachers, parents and high school students to talk about their experiences with public schools.…

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Posted Dec. 29, 2017

11 Education Stories We Couldn’t Stop Reading in 2017

2017 was, let’s just say, a lot. And we couldn’t stop writing about it. From the selection of Betsy DeVos…

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Posted July 31, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017

Coffee Break: Alisha Thomas Morgan on Running for Office at 22, the NAACP and Sundays With the Real Housewives

At 23 years old Alisha Thomas Morgan became the first African-American to represent Cobb County in the Georgia House of…

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Posted Feb. 1, 2017

Coffee Break: How Do We Work With Communities to Build Quality School Choices? Janeene Freeman Has Some Answers

In December of 2016, the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) announced its new Chief Executive Officer, Janeene Freeman. NECSN works…

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016

9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016

Okay, so I’m not a parent—yet. But every day I read so many inspiring stories of parents from around the…

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Posted Dec. 20, 2016

Chicago’s Mayor Says It’s Time to Stop With the ‘False Choices.’ Parents Need Quality Choices.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel redirects our attention to parents in the hoopla…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

We Asked The White House’s David Johns About Black Student Achievement and Here’s What He Had to Say

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, teamed up with Education Post…

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Posted June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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