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Posted May 3, 2017

Illinois Charter Champion Daniel Burke Fights for Funding Equity

Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced its annual list of Charter Champions, elected officials from both sides of the aisle who have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Sep. 6, 2016

It Isn’t Easy, But Here’s How We’re Passing Pro-Charter Legislation in Illinois

A few months ago, I chronicled my time in Springfield as a second-year lobbyist for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS). During the legislative…

By Ariel Johnson

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Posted June 24, 2016

Illinois Charter Community Has Best Legislative Session Since 2011, But We Need a Budget Now

As the Illinois legislative session ended on May 31, so did my second year as a lobbyist in Springfield. It has taken me a few…

By Ariel Johnson

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Posted Apr. 6, 2016

750 Charter School Parents Head to Statehouse to Fight for Equitable Treatment of Charter Public Schools in Illinois

Charter public school advocates are rallying in Chicago this morning to demonstrate their schools’ achievements and demand more equitable funding. Gary Comer College Prep scholars…

By Andrew Broy

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Posted Oct. 7, 2015

With No Vision, Both Charters and District Schools in Chicago Will Perish

If it feels like the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have been wandering around in the wilderness for the past 12 years, it’s because we have.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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