Author: Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher is a senior writer and editor at Education Post, but before that 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 in the Chicago Public Schools. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.
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CPS High School Admissions: Cut-Off Scores

Usually I hate the whole high school admissions process in Chicago Public Schools–it puts 7th-graders under undue stress and reminds us forcefully of the system’s baked-in inequity of opportunity. However, last night it was a pleasant relief to see parents on my Facebook feed celebrating their children’s high school acceptances. So, in hopes that talking about high school admissions is…

My COVID-19 Homeschool Doesn’t Look Like This, And That’s OK

A friend of mine–who, not surprisingly, is a teacher–planned this daily COVID-19 homeschool schedule for her kids.  I’m impressed by her ability to develop such a well-planned daily routine. And, my days working from home with my 10-year-old in tow will never look exactly like this. Fellow COVID-19 homeschool parents, fear not if you don’t have your kids’ days planned…

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What’s Happening to School Nurses Not Directly Hired by CPS? A Nurse Tells Her Story

For many years, the issue of school nurses in Chicago Public Schools has been a sore point for kids, parents and the nurses themselves. Last year, according to WBEZ, the district had only directly hired 300 school nurses, though it operates more than 500 schools. Since the mid-1990s, CPS has been contracting with private nurse staffing agencies to fill the…

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High School Students: Codecademy Offers Free Scholarships Now

For a motivated high school student who wants to learn job-ready skills related to computer programming or data science, online boot camp Codecademy is offering 10,000 scholarships for high school and college students. Codecademy offers free courses all the time, but its paid Pro level comes with live help from advisers via chat. It relies more on text than on…