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Posted June 27, 2019

When This Chicago School Was on the Verge of Closure, A Visionary Principal Built the Team That Turned It Around

Back in 2013, when Principal Aaron Rucker first came to Auburn Gresham’s Ryder Elementary, he said someone in the central…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 24, 2019

José Guzmán Was Accepted Into College But He’s Ready to Start His Electrical Career Now

Richards Career Academy senior José Guzmán knows how to hustle. He learned his confident, easy way with people by selling…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 23, 2019

Apprentice Plumber and High School Senior Leonard Ferguson Isn’t Afraid to Tackle the Dirty Jobs

As an eighth-grader, Leonard Ferguson signed up for the plumbing concentration at Baltimore County’s Western School of Technology and Environmental…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 21, 2019

1% of Nurses Are Hispanic Men, High School Senior Salvador Torres Wants to Change That

According to Minority Nurse magazine, less than 1% of nurses are Hispanic men. Salvador Torres, an 18-year-old senior at Richards…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 30, 2019

How John Singleton’s ‘Boyz n the Hood’ Changed the Way I Teach

I am not a movie person. I don’t go to the movies much and when I do, I often forget…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 10, 2019

Want a Winning High School? You’ll Need a Winning School Board.

In 2016, then-24-year-old Cipriano Vargas became the youngest person ever elected to the Vista Unified School Board in California. After…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 12, 2019

The Case for Education Reparations

$23 billion. According to a recent report from Ed Build, that’s the gap in state and local funding between what…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 6, 2019

Detroit Charter Leader Chanavia Patterson Knew Her School Had Improved When She Was Ready to Enroll Her Own Kids

Chanavia Patterson always knew she would become a teacher, but she didn’t know she would become an outstanding mentor, coach…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 25, 2019

Mashea Ashton Talks Newark, Cory Booker and the Challenges of Launching Her Own School

Mashea Ashton tells the truth, even when it’s hard. Almost three years ago, when she moved to Washington, D.C., to…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

‘The Make-or-Break Year’ Offers Ed Reformers Sobering Lessons on How Real School Change Happens

“If we have to remove dead weight, we will remove dead weight.” That’s what the assistant principal of Chicago’s Orr…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?

Monday night I sat on my back patio staring up into a rare, starry Chicago night. I squinted and made out each point of The…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

No Justice for Kindergartners, Or Any Kids, This Year

Cheltenham School District just released a letter to the community confirming that after months of internal and external discussions, surveys of stakeholders, and feedback from the board,…

By Dan Schultz

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