Maureen Kelleher

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Senior Writer and Editor

Chicago, Illinois

Maureen Kelleher is senior writer and editor at Education Post.

Previously she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student at Chicago’s Namaste Charter School.

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Posted Jan. 7, 2019

XQ’s 19th Super School Is an Oakland Diverse-by-Design Charter High School Founded by a Local Teacher

Today, Latitude High School becomes the 19th XQ Super School, and receives a five-year, $10 million grant to further its…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 9, 2018

This Chicago School Just Got $1 Million to Build a New School Serving Latino and Low-Income Students

As a toddler, Camilla Ruelas had a life-saving liver transplant. She’s now a sixth-grader at Christopher House Charter School in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

This November, Vote for Education Equity

I recently attended the Education Post Blogger Summit in Montgomery, Alabama. Of the many inspiring moments, the one that hit…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 25, 2018

When Restorative Justice Is Done Right, It Can Make Schools Safer, Even When Your Kid Is the Victim

The day another kid tried to choke my daughter, it would have been easy to go full-force Mama Bear and…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 16, 2018

School Counselor of the Year Kirsten Perry Isn’t a Savior, She’s Just Here to Help

In just two years, school counselor Kirsten Perry has served as a catalyst for transforming North Lawndale Community Academy, a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 11, 2018

My Neighborhood Was Terrorized by Police Raids But It Was the Teachers Who Kept Us Safe

Most years, I celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with smiles and maybe a nice card for my daughter’s teacher. This year,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 6, 2018

This Real-Life Black Panther Is Way More Badass Than Any Movie Character

Mary Scott-Boria, 67, has had a long and distinguished career in Chicago’s civic world: first executive director of the Chicago…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

He Was Tortured by Police and Sent to Prison for 24 Years for a Crime He Didn’t Commit. Now He’s Telling His Story to Students.

As a teenager on the streets of Chicago’s South Side, Darrell Cannon learned not to trust the police—a lesson that…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

This New Report Is Fighting Charter School and Special Education Myths With Facts

To hear tell from charter opponents, students with disabilities and charters don’t mix. Their story about charters and special-needs students…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

IDEA Public Schools Is Bringing 20 New Schools to Texas and Ana Martinez Is Leading the Charge

For the last decade, IDEA Public Schools has been steadily improving student outcomes in the Rio Grande Valley, one of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 10, 2019

Showing Up and Doing Well in School Should Lead to Better Opportunity But It’s Not Always True

Low-income and minority students are not being challenged nearly as much as their White peers in high school, according to a new study produced by…

By Kate Hardiman

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Posted Jan. 7, 2019

XQ’s 19th Super School Is an Oakland Diverse-by-Design Charter High School Founded by a Local Teacher

Today, Latitude High School becomes the 19th XQ Super School, and receives a five-year, $10 million grant to further its innovative work deepening students’ connections…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 8, 2019

My Student Asked Me If I Was Racist So I Told the Truth and Said Yes

“Mr. Wright, are you racist?” My West Philadelphia classroom, which had been filled with the sounds of shuffling papers, squeaking chairs, and the quintessential high-paced…

By Zachary Wright 

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