Jenner Academy of the Arts

Posted Mar. 9, 2018

A Chicago Principal Dies Fighting to Give His Students the Best Education Possible

What if every teacher approached his or her work with legacy in mind? What if all educators viewed the future of other people’s children—i.e., their…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

The Ogden-Jenner School Merger Should Happen. Period.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will soon make a decision that will either allow it to leverage itself as a true champion for racial integration or…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 4, 2016

I Am the Principal of That Low-Income Chicago School That Could Merge With the Richer School Down the Street

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday, two schools located on the opposite sides of the tracks on Chicago’s Near North Side…

By Robert Croston

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Posted Nov. 24, 2015
Photo of Jenner Academy of the Arts, a Chicago public school. Taken by Max Herman for Catalyst Chicago.

Made for Hollywood: Why This Rich School in Chicago Desperately Wants to Merge With a Poor One

A high-performing, predominantly white elementary school located in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Chicago is trying to merge with a predominantly black school…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted July 2, 2020

We Don’t Recognize America’s Independence Day Over Here in Wakanda

“Independence Day” is upon us. But Black fam’, before we get geeked to partake in such traditions as backyard barbecues and celebratory fireworks commemorating a…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 2, 2020

Seriously, Betsy? The Civil Rights Act

On Friday U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement celebrating the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, passed in 1957 by a Republican-controlled…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is hot, my stomach churns. My…

By Nahliah Webber

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