Christopher Butler

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 Feb. 13, 2017

WATCH: These Philly Parents Took a Freedom Ride to D.C. to Fight for Better Schools

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, seven families from North Philadelphia set out on a journey for their children’s education. We called our journey a “Freedom…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Feb. 9, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: Black Families Like Mine Are Fed Up With the Public School System and Choosing Home Schooling

Inner-city Black families are the largest growing population of home-schoolers in America. …

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 July 28, 2016

I Supported Hillary Before It Was Cool. Now I Hope She Does the Right Thing By Kids

I went on record as a Hillary Clinton supporter before it was the cool thing to do. Now I hope that Hillary will return the favor…

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 July 6, 2016

Thank You, Abner Mikva, for Being the ‘Somebody’ Nobody Sent

I heard Abner Mikva’s story before I ever met Abner Mikva. I was a seventh-grader on the West Side of Chicago, desperately addicted to Windy…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Oct. 7, 2015

7 Reasons Why ‘Neighborhood’ Schools Will Win the Student Recruitment Battle

District-run public schools across Chicago are reeling from the pain of budget cuts handed down as a result of the first full implementation of student-based budgeting…

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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