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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 office warned him: “You’re being…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 1, 2019

I’m a Black Gay Man, and Supporting LGBTQ+ Kids Is Important to Me

Brian Coleman, who heads the counseling department at Jones College Prep, has been named the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year. This is the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 4, 2018

Embarc’s Imran Khan on Why College Isn’t the Holy Grail

Recently I sat down with Imran Khan, co-founder of Embarc, a nonprofit that partners with 18 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools to provide three…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017

To the 121 Transformative Young Black Leaders Out There, Let’s Start a Revolution in Education

Last year, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) launched a Social Innovation Challenge dangling the prospect of receiving a $500K investment to further the…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Jan. 20, 2017

Not Everybody Talking About Education Reform Is an Unschooled Billionaire

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) joined other teachers unions around the country yesterday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

The NAACP Is Old, Large and Wrong, and I’m Feeling Sick, Angry and Fed Up.

It just so happened that I was at the high school fair in Philadelphia when it came over my Twitter feed that the National Association…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Voices and Facts Against the Planned Chicago Teachers Strike

On October 11, Chicago public school teachers may go on strike for the second time in four years, not including an illegal one-day strike last spring. Eighty-seven percent of…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 16, 2016

7 Rules for Radical Parents Who Demand a Great Education

My (almost) 5-year-old is super excited about September 12th. That’s the day when she and her 3-year-old brother will start their fall schedule as homeschool…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 7, 2016

It Is Our Righteous Duty to Say F— the Police

I’m going to have to stand in a pulpit with the team of church leaders at my church in Englewood on Sunday. Our congregation is…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted May 27, 2016

It Took 9 Years But My Family’s Lessons Got Me Through College

When I walked onto the campus of DePaul University in the fall of 2003, I was scared. I felt prepared academically. Socially, I could hold…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Aug. 19, 2019

Here’s How Trump Is Making It Harder to Integrate Schools

This summer, integrated schools heated up as a campaign issue when Kamala Harris called out Joe Biden for his 1970s stance on mandated busing as…

By Miriam Rollin

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Posted Aug. 20, 2019

If We Care for Kids, We Can’t Shut Down Teachers Who Truly Want to Do Better by Them

This teacher said a thing and I thought all hell would break loose.  It happened last week when my 8 Black Hands crew recorded a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 21, 2019

It’s OK, You Can Teach For America

In 2013, Sandra Korn, then a senior at Harvard and a contributor to the student newspaper The Crimson, wrote an article telling her peers “Don’t…

By Allie Donahue

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