Chicago

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to demand something different in our public schools. These are not...

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Achievement Gap

Chicago's Students Are Standing Still on Test Scores But That's Good News

Sometimes no progress represents real progress, especially when you’re talking about an urban school district roiled by financial woes and a national exam that has become the best barometer of...

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Chicago

Want to Stop the 'Summer Slide'? Convince Kids Summer Learning Can Be Fun.

We figured it would be a breeze recruiting families for our summer program. We hired creative, experienced, rock star teachers who wanted to reinvent summer learning with fun, hands-on projects. The...

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student success

No Child Left Behind Had a Lot of Problems But I Miss the Days When We Cared About How All Kids Did in School

Once upon a time, well-heeled suburban schools used to have to worry about whether all their students made the grade—not just some of them, not just the White ones and the middle-class ones. The...

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student success

Illinois' Race for Governor Is a Competition on Who Can Be the Most Silent on Education

Here in Illinois our governor will either be a Democratic billionaire businessman philanthropist or a Republican multi-millionaire businessman philanthropist. Both have a long record of investing in...

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student success

States Won’t Hold Schools Accountable, That's Your Job, Betsy

Of all the boneheaded things Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during her disastrous “60 Minutes” interview, the one comment that portends the most far-reaching damage to American schools is about...

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