Maureen Kelleher

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Senior Writer/Editor

Chicago, Illinois

Maureen Kelleher is Senior Writer/Editor at Education Post.

Previously she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association, and the Society for Professional Journalists.

A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student at Chicago’s Namaste Charter School.

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017
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Common Enrollment Is Just the First Step Toward High School Equity in Chicago

This week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to adopt a common enrollment process for high school admissions next year.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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Hey Charter Schools, If You Don’t Want a Union, Don’t Give Teachers a Reason to Organize

Within the last few weeks, efforts to unionize charter schools have seen two major new developments: the first-ever organizing drive…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017
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When Parents Don’t Trust School Vouchers, Community Advocates Can Lead Them to Tax-Credit Scholarships

On Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, sandwiched between a quesadilla restaurant and Helen’s Hair Design, sits a tiny, nondescript storefront. Inside,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 1, 2017
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Trump Isn’t Just Stopping at the Travel Ban. His Executive Order on Immigration Could Impact School Funding.

In the spring of 2007, I was sitting in my next-door neighbors’ house with their teenage daughter, talking about a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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If Betsy DeVos on Special Education Bothers You, You Should Be Watching Jeff Sessions, Too

The education world is filled with chatter for and against Betsy DeVos. Some of the loudest concerns have been over…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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Another Reminder That We Can’t Hold Schools Accountable Without Giving Them Support

The buzz is building around a new radio documentary for our local NPR station in Chicago. The View from Room 205,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 3, 2017
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‘School Choice’ Is Great, as Long as We Don’t Forget the Value of a Great Neighborhood School

Someone asked me recently: “Don’t you agree that inner-city parents of color should have the same opportunities for choice as…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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Guess What, Liberals Support Charter Schools Too

It’s not easy being a political progressive and a charter school supporter. In these polarized times, it’s easy to forget…

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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