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Letter from an Angry Black Father

It’s Father’s Day weekend and I know that I shouldn’t be associating anger with this cherished Hallmark holiday.  But, I can’t help it…Father’s Day is a very reflective time for me.  And as a citizen of a state that can’t figure out how to educate children and a city where black folks get shot in […]

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5 Reasons Why I Left CPS

Ten years ago as an undergraduate elementary education student at UIC, no one could have ever told me that I would leave Chicago Public Schools. There are five major factors that pushed me to transition out of CPS and into another school district. CONSISTENCY. In my short six years at CPS, I had the pleasure […]

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BLACK. MALE. TEACHER. Part 1: A Journal Entry

There’s an Erykah Badu music video where she can be seen walking in an empty desert wearing some funky looking alien outfit singing the lyrics: Time to change the world Where in the world is all the time So many things are still unknown So many times I’ve changed my mind Guess I was born […]

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Moments that Matter

Earlier this week, the University of Chicago Charter School-Woodlawn Campus held their annual commencement ceremony for its graduating seniors.  Kai Stewart, the class valedictorian, stepped to the microphone to address her classmates, school administration and hundreds of proud family members in the audience.  During her speech, Kai reflected on her high school journey, spoke passionately […]

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#Fight4Students Rally Recap [Video]

On June 9, 2016, a group of charter schools gathered at the Thompson Center in Chicago to demand a budget. The state of Illinois has been without a budget for eleven months. Many schools have laid off faculty and staff due to budget cuts.  

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Our obsession with integration is hurting kids of color

“What on earth is whiteness that one should so desire it? Then always, somehow, some way, silently but clearly, I am given to understand that whiteness is the ownership of the earth forever and ever, Amen.” -W.E.B. Dubois One of the great voices in education today, Chris Stewart of Citizen Education, has a great piece […]

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When Enough is Enough: The Political Circus in Illinois

I hate to write articles complaining about the issues because I’m usually a solutions-oriented person but sometimes, the occasion calls for a little griping.  So, here it goes.  I was scrolling through Facebook today and came across an article written in the Chicago Sun-Times titled, “Gov. Rauner Says Some CPS Schools Almost Like “Crumbling Prisons”. […]

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