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 Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 20, 2020

More Than Anything, I #LoveTeaching for the Relationships We Build Along the Way

When I divulge to strangers that I am a high school English teacher, I am typically met with skepticism. “You teach teenage brats all day?…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 18, 2020

Black History Is American History and Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As a Minnesotan, February is a signal that the warmth of spring is so close yet so far away (seriously, last Thursday the high was two…

By Simone Hardeman-Jones

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