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Posted Apr. 6, 2018

This Real-Life Black Panther Is Way More Badass Than Any Movie Character

Mary Scott-Boria, 67, has had a long and distinguished career in Chicago’s civic world: first executive director of the Chicago Sexual Assault Services Network, executive…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 July 6, 2016

How Abner Mikva Taught Us That ‘Democracy Is a Verb’

Walking into the Mikva Challenge office this morning, I had a flashback to when I was 10 years old in 1976 and walked into Ab…

By Brian Brady

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Posted Nov. 20, 2015

We Can’t Shake the Test, But We Can Maximize Its Value

When it comes to standardized testing, President Obama’s new action plan is right on the money. We shouldn’t be spending as much time on testing as…

By Berto Aguayo

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Posted Nov. 3, 2015

For a Latino kid on the South Side, Where is the American Dream?

As a first-generation Mexican-American, I constantly saw the gap between the American dream my mother had for me and the reality that surrounded us in…

By Berto Aguayo

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Posted Oct. 5, 2015

If You Ask Me, All of Our Kids Are the Cream of the Crop

I woke up angry this morning. Lately, the organization that I help run, the Mikva Challenge, has been criticized by a number of well-meaning folks…

By Brian Brady

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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