Jobi Cates

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Vice President of Communications, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Chicago, Illinois

Jobi Cates is Vice President of Communications for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the mother of two public school children. She formerly served as a Senior Director for Human Rights Watch, and was a program consultant on education policy initiatives for NACSA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust. Jobi started her career in city government, working for Mayor Richard M. Daley and then-Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

I’m an Unlikely Supporter of School Choice Week

This week is National School Choice Week and that makes me very nervous about posting anything about my job on…

By Jobi Cates

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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