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 Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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