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Why I Chose Charter Schools for My Son

I’m a mom of an 8 year old son and a 8-month old. Education is extremely important to me. Once my first son turned 2, I put him in day care for the social aspect. Once he turned 4, he started Pre-k at Legacy Charter School on the west side of Chicago. I have history […]

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Why Black Males Need to Answer the Call and Teach

Sharif El-Mekki is the principal of Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus in West Philadelphia. This post was originally posted on Education Post, in which El-Mekki shares why more Black males should accept the call to teach. Had you asked me 25 years ago—and some people did—if I’d become an educator, I would have said, “No […]

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Documentary Shows How Chicago Schools Were Racist 50 Years Ago; Has Anything Changed?

From Rebecca Klein in Huffington Post: In a recent documentary produced by Kartemquin Films, the racism that plagued Chicago Public Schools in 1963, is highlighted. Under the guidance of Superintendent, Benjamin C. Willis, Chicago citizens criticized Willis of segregating schools, causing Black students to have an inferior education. The documentary focuses on the past, in […]

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You’d Never Convince My Mom to ‘Opt-Out’ of Testing

Opting out. In Chicago and across the country there is a movement that is taking hold that encourages parents, students, teachers and community leaders to “opt out” of standardized tests. Many of the arguments used to promote the idea of opting out (while often exaggerated) are founded. By and large we probably administer too many […]

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