High Schools

Posted Oct. 30, 2017

This Chicago Program Is Making Sure Families Know Their School Options

When we policy wonks talk about school choice, mostly we talk about big-picture ways to make choice more available, like creating charter schools or offering…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016

16 Students Who Give Us Hope for 2017

2016 was quite a surreal year in many ways, filled with depressing world events, one too many mass shootings, multiple celebrity deaths, record-hot temperatures, bizarre…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Sep. 19, 2016

How the Community Is Coming Together to Support Our English Language-Learners

This is the first part of a two-part series about International High School at Langley Park, a school that is fostering community partnerships to help…

By Daniel Sass

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016

Why Chicago Should Take A Deeper Look at Those Rising High School Grad Rates

Just in time for back to school, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the class of 2016’s graduation rate: 73.5 percent, a new high. The…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 15, 2016

When ‘Special’ Feels Like an Insult: Diary of an IEP Kid

I’ve struggled with learning disabilities my whole life. Not the disability, but being labeled as someone with a disability. I had never felt stupid before,…

By A.J. Spitz

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Posted July 22, 2016

I Hated High School, But I Did Learn These 5 Things

In Las Vegas, where you live determines where you go to school. The high school I was zoned for didn’t have a good academic reputation,…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted May 2, 2016

Before You Brag About Your Graduation Rates, Make Sure the Kids Are Learning

Nebraskans are proud of our state’s high school graduation rate, which, at 89.7 percent, is the second highest in the nation. Graduating from high school…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted Apr. 29, 2016

The Critical Role Mayors Can Play in Improving Public Schools

Among the multitude of issues that mayors address on a daily basis, education improvement efforts sometimes take a back seat. But savvy mayors know that…

By Paul Koehler

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Posted Apr. 29, 2016

For Millions of Students, the Entire K-12 Education System Is a Sham

Scores for 12th graders on the NAEP math and reading assessments were released this week, and the news wasn’t good. Reading scores were flat (and have…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Mar. 24, 2016

‘Counterfeit’ Diplomas: We’re Killing Our Kids With Kindness

I recently had my developmental (remedial) English students complete an essay assignment that required them to read and respond to an editorial in The New…

By Andrew Wilk

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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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