Barbara Byrd-Bennett

Posted May 24, 2016

Illinois Is Trying Out a New School Discipline Law, But Will It Make Schools Safer?

Perhaps it is to be expected in our politically polarized country, but opinions about the state of discipline in our public schools fall into two…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

Black Like Them: Why a ‘Surge’ of Color Could Change the Face of Ed Reform

Last year, I substituted a couple of times in a third-grade class that had two little black girls in it amid mostly Latino and a…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 20, 2015

We Should Welcome Any Good School That Wants to Open in Our Neighborhood

Last summer, I ran a basketball tournament that spanned a number of Chicago’s Southwest Side neighborhoods in addition to my own. I had a chance…

By Berto Aguayo

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Posted Oct. 14, 2015

What Went Wrong With Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago Public Schools?

Greed. Lies. Bribery and kickbacks. Everyone in Chicago is talking about three naughty little B-words: Barbara Byrd-Bennett. The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) pled…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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