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Posted Feb. 1, 2019

I’m a Black Gay Man, and Supporting LGBTQ+ Kids Is Important to Me

Brian Coleman, who heads the counseling department at Jones College Prep, has been named the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year. This is the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 31, 2018

20 Years Ago I Started at Noble Charter Schools as a Student. Now I’m a Principal.

As the Noble Network of Charter Schools celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, I’m looking forward and back. Back, because I was a member of…

By Brenda Cora

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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Say What You Want About Charter Schools But the South Side of Chicago Needed Options

The hunt for a quality education has so many layers that one blog post will not be enough to explore them all. I came to…

By Rebecca McCarter-Hall

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Posted Nov. 8, 2017

Do Not Close My Daughter’s School

My daughter, Rileigh Jasper, is a first-grader at National Teachers Academy (NTA) in Chicago Public Schools. The school holds the district’s top rating, Level 1+.…

By Sashai Alvarez Jasper

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Chicago’s Schools Are ‘Pretty Good,’ But That’s Not Good Enough

I have spent the last 15 years of my life committed to serving students across Chicago as a teacher and a leader. But today, I…

By Natalie Neris

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Posted June 7, 2017

What Do Baltimore Parents Want? Advanced Academics and Help Choosing Schools

When it comes to school choice, opportunity in theory isn’t enough. We must ensure that families have the know-how to exercise choice wisely and that…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to the Mamas Who Spend Years Fighting for Good Schools

I began my journey as a mother in November of 2013, seeing only the brightest future for my son. We slept the night that he…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Common Enrollment Is Just the First Step Toward High School Equity in Chicago

This week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to adopt a common enrollment process for high school admissions next year. This could be a great…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

Who Needs Selective Enrollment When Your Neighborhood High School Has an IB Program

This is a stressful time for many urban eighth-grade students and parents who are considering high school options, and hearing from public schools about acceptances…

By Alana G. Baum

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Don’t Talk to Me About ‘Privatization,’ Because Your ‘Public’ School Is Hardly Public

In Oakland, one of the highest achieving schools in the city is Hillcrest Elementary. It’s a “public” school that is 5 percent free and reduced-price…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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