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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 Feb. 14, 2018

My Kid’s School Ditched Daddy-Daughter Dances for a ‘Loved One and Me’ Dance

To an extent, I can relate to the disappointment of those Staten Island families who had their school dance postponed…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Coffee Break: Talking Pour-Overs, Implicit Bias and Empathy With Seth Gershenson

In 2015, a study showing how implicit bias affects teacher expectations by Seth Gershenson and two colleagues made waves throughout…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Dear Janice Jackson, I Hope You’re Open to Honest Conversations with Parents in Chicago Public Schools

Janice, you and I know each other. I remember talking with you back when you were a principal at Al…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 24, 2018

After the Women’s March I Had to Write the Social Worker at My Daughter’s School

This year, the Women’s March was all about the signs. As one of about 300,000 people marching through downtown Chicago…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

We Need a Place to Start Teaching Kids About Sexual Consent. And School Can Be It.

I will tell you that when I read about Aziz Ansari’s “date” gone wrong, my first thought was, “This woman…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

Trump Isn’t Just Cutting the Education Budget, He Wants Schools to Pay for the Wall

Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump’s wall. Your children will. And your children’s children will pay the interest, as will their children—and perhaps the…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

As Long as There’s White Privilege, We’re Going to Need Affirmative Action

Affirmative action: For years, some people have balked at it, while others have been actively trying to dismantle it. But we need to embrace it,…

By Letisha Marrero

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Posted Mar. 19, 2019

Don’t Like Who’s on the School Board Ballot? Run.

With headlines dominated by news of 2020 presidential candidates, it’s easy to forget that there are elections happening across the country in 2019. But in…

By Aviva Rosman, Lea Crusey

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