Achievement Gap

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only 6 percent of teachers in Illinois are Black, while 17 percent...

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Chicago

I Looked at Illinois' School Funding Plan and the Numbers Just Aren't Adding Up

With the recent passage of Illinois' school funding plan, SB 1947, Illinois, so often an example of what not to do in school finance, is now poised to be something of a model for the rest of the...

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Poverty

Coffee Break: Richard Kahlenberg on Knocking Down School District Walls That Separate Kids by Race and Class

Richard Kahlenberg is perhaps the nation’s leading proponent of the idea that for kids to succeed, schools must be places where families of all economic backgrounds come together. A senior fellow at...

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Illinois

Twinkies, Teachers and Cash: How Teacher Pensions Are Funding the Demise of Labor Unions

Teacher pension funds have a lot of money, and they have to find productive places to invest it. The California teacher pension fund ( CalSTRS) alone is valued at over $190 billion. Nationally,...

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student achievement

Charter Schools Offer a Chance for Unions To Work For Teachers and Students

Oakland blogger Dirk Tillotson wrote this provocative piece suggesting that unions and charters could actually be good for each other. Currently, about 12 percent of America’s 6,700 charter schools...

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