Month: July 2016

Can A Little Rebranding Save Struggling Public Schools In Chicago?

CITY HALL — Can a simple rebranding resolve such issues as segregation and resource disparities in Chicago Public Schools? It can’t hurt, some alderman say. WBEZ reported last week that new schools and additions tend to be built in well-to-do white areas, while overcrowded or underused schools in minority areas have to soldier on. That finding was nothing new to members of the…

Parents = The Primary Teacher

Parenting is a pretty tough job. It demands all of you- then even a little more. Their child seems to be their world and they do everything necessary to help them survive. However, once the child enters school, there seems to be a dramatic shift. As a former public school teacher, I often wonder why was it that so many…

F— The Police

I’m going to have to stand in a pulpit with the team of church leaders at my church in Englewood on Sunday. Our congregation is Black. Our community is Black. We are Black. It will be difficult do leave the issue of the execution of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the countless other Black people unaddressed in the gathering.…

Just Another Blog Post About Another Hashtag of Another Black Man Killed by Police #AltonSterling

You’ve read this story before. It’s the ultimate nightmare of history repeating itself. I didn’t want to write this post again. It’s redundant. It’s being posted on the sites of every online publication today. This won’t be your first time reading this post today and it won’t be your last. There’s a collective wave of what seems like plagiarism happening…

Yesterday Was Not a Win

Illinois passed a budget yesterday to ensure that schools would open in the fall ­ this was not a win. Legislators did nothing but pass a stopgap budget. Speaker Madigan touts this effort as an achievement. But this “achievement” is merely a Band­Aid on a fractured spine. This stopgap budget only came about because the party needed to be able…