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It may not be perfect, but Illinois needs SB1

Late this spring, I was walking into our district’s administrative offices for meetings. As I made it up to the business office, I ran...

In the era of “alternative facts”: Let’s lead

As everyone knows, those who don’t know the past are doomed to repeat it. As we face wave after wave of attacks on our...

Don’t mourn, organize!

I will never forget the first time my school was attacked by a well-organized sleeper cell of grizzly bears. For months, the local park...

The myth of “color blindness”

I can tell you the exact moment I realized my behavior was racially biased. I grew up in a predominantly white suburb of Chicago. I...

Tired of attacks on education? Sound off at the voting booth

I was derelict in my duties to write last year.  It wasn’t by choice though. While at the NEA Representative Assembly this year I was...