Chris Butler

Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Striking Is the Most Morally Broke and Opposite-of-Woke Thing Chicago Teachers Could Do

Here we are again. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has voted to go nuclear and strike in an attempt to settle labor-management disputes over compensation…

By Chris Stewart

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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 Apr. 27, 2016

Parent Resistance Is About Lousy Schools

Chris Butler, a Chicago parent and education advocate, writes at Chicago Unheard about how the claim that parent resistance was a driving factor in the Walton Foundation's decision to stop funding charter schools in Chicago is unfounded. Butler sets the record straight in his blog by laying out what Chicago parents are really resisting: lousy schools. Indeed there is a mass parent resistance in Chicago. But, it isn’t against charter schools.…

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Posted Jan. 6, 2016

In Defense of Cheaters: I Understand Why They Lied About Their Address to Go to That School

What do you know? The Chicago Public Schools Inspector General has discovered that families from affluent Chicago neighborhoods and even affluent Chicago suburbs have been using false residency information in order to gain access to some of Chicago’s top high schools. I would love to join the chorus of people roundly condemning this behavior, but I can’t shake the words of Jesus, “Let the one who is without sin cast the first…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Is There Anywhere a Black Youth Can Be Counted as a Real Person?

Last night I did something I promised myself I would not do. I watched the tragic dashcam video in which a Chicago police officer fires…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Nov. 9, 2015

Letter to Rev. Jesse Jackson: There’s a Revolt Against Testing and Charters But It’s Not Coming From Parents

In a recent Sun-Times column, Charters and Heavy Testing Hurt Our Schools, the Rev. Jesse Jackson boldly proclaims that parents across the country are “revolting” against standardized…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 10, 2020

Black Lives Don’t Matter to Trump and DeVos. That’s Why They’re in a Hurry to Send Our Kids Back to School.

A few weeks ago, I watched my good friend’s nephew jump and tussle around on a trampoline with his friends at his eighth birthday party.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 8, 2020

Donald Trump Will Never Give Us the Smart, Nuanced Conversation We Need About Going Back to School

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the end of the 2019-2020 school year, parents and politicians nationwide sang the praises of teachers across the country—and it…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for the removal of police in…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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