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August 21, 2014

Offer Choices; Stop Segregating by Race & Class

Ray Salazar: When students can have access to schools closer to a parent's job, a caretaker's home, a safer neighborhood, or a school easily accessible to public transportation, low-income students stand a better chance of stability.

July 11, 2014

Teacher Repents for Going 'Ghetto' on a Parent

After finally lashing back at an insolent parent, I realize why its important for me, the teacher, to apologize first—and never go there again.

May 21, 2014

What Did 'Brown v. The Board of Education' Ever Do for Me?

If Brown was supposed to desegregate schools, why didn't I ever get to see the benefit? Two words: white flight.

November 27, 2013

Chicago School System Decides Against Partnership With inBloom

The Chicago school system has chosen not to partner with inBloom, signaling yet another challenge for the ed-tech nonprofit.

October 23, 2013

Why All American Teachers Should Care About Chicago

This week marked the 50th anniversary of "Freedom Day," the vaguely remembered 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott in which 250,000 black students stayed out of school to demand an equal, desegregated education. Today, Chicago and most major cities are still providing an unequal and very segregated public education to minority students. We will not solve this problem until educators and civic leaders begin an honest, solutions-oriented conversation about the root cause of the problem: institutionalized racism.

August 28, 2013

50 Years Later: Still Dreaming for Children in Chicago

My dream is that the poor black and brown children of Chicago will get an equal chance at obtaining a quality education this year—not just at the "welcoming" schools but in the ordinary, less politicized neighborhood schools.

June 25, 2013

District Officials Describe Challenges in Using Mobile Tech in Schools

Providing students with mobile devices can engage students, and accelerate their learning, a number of educators said during a panel discussion at ISTE today.

June 19, 2013

Teaching and Living in Chicago is Great ... in My Dreams

Things are getting chaotic in Chicago. As much as I love the city of my birth, I cannot recommend anyone relocating here—especially if you are a teacher.

April 24, 2013

Am I Good Enough? The Burden of Privilege and Poverty

School reform is rooted in the belief that when it comes to children, privilege or poverty should not determine the quality of their education. Oh, but it does.

April 17, 2013

'It Happened to Them': Student Stories that Must Not Go Untold

The Kids in my family tell me incredible stories about what goes on in their schools. But their school horror stories are not as unique as one might think. Teachers play a vital role in helping children cope with the struggles they face in and outside of school.

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