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Posted Jan. 23, 2020

Here’s What It Really Means to Move to a ‘Good School’ in a ‘Good Neighborhood’

Many White folks, especially Northern White liberals who voted for Obama, would argue they are not racist, even while they actively cause harm to Black…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Dec. 30, 2019

We May Finally Know What It Takes to Improve Schools

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: When we think about school improvement efforts across the United States, it’s easy to tick off the spectacular, big-budget failures. Yet, while these boondoggles made headlines and dominated air time among policy wonks, a smaller, quieter and more sustainable set of successes began teaching the field some guiding principles for improving schools.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 18, 2019

I’m a Teacher and I Don’t Want Your Blind Support. I Want You to Challenge Me.

I am a teacher. I care about my students and work really hard. I have spent my entire 14-year career working in urban schools, and…

By Sara Urben

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Posted Nov. 1, 2019

Here’s What Students Stand to Gain From the Chicago Teachers Strike

On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) House of Delegates approved a tentative agreement in a tight vote. The CTU deal includes good pay and holds the line…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 Jan. 19, 2020

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.

On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968, he had become increasingly focused on the least of…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

I’ll Believe Chicago Is Progressive When We Close the Gaps for Black and Brown Kids

Shame on it all! In a new report, “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunities for All,” brightbeam…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Progressives, If We Really Care About Education, Then Let’s Act Like It

In the hallway of my apartment growing up in Brooklyn, there was a poster of a cover from the New Yorker Magazine entitled “View of…

By Zachary Wright 

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