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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

‘The Make-or-Break Year’ Offers Ed Reformers Sobering Lessons on How Real School Change Happens

“If we have to remove dead weight, we will remove dead weight.” That’s what the assistant principal of Chicago’s Orr High School told me in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

In Chicago, Charter Schools Are Helping the ‘Underdog’ Kids Get to College

If you’re an underdog kind of kid in Chicago, and you want to go to college and graduate, your chances of success are better now…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Why Are Chicago’s Kids Getting Smarter? Here’s My Guess.

If you just read the headlines, you might suspect that Chicago Public Schools is in a terrible tailspin. Part of this is the noise of big…

By Neerav Kingsland

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Posted May 3, 2017

3 Ways We Can Start Counting High School Graduates Accurately and Raise Graduation Rates

This week, the GradNation campaign released a report allowing people to compare graduation rates among states and to the national average of 83.2 percent. If…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative high school programs with weak…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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