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 Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of TeachPlus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center For Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black teachers…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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