Lauren is a graduate student in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research intern at the Chicago Teachers Union. Her research focuses on urban policy, equity, and labor issues. She edits A Just Chicago.

Criminalizing Mental Illness

Protesters with banner: “Save Our North River Mental Health Center” New research is emerging that further emphasizes how important public resources and social services are to our Chicago neighborhoods. A study published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities highlights the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in…

What’s happening with ESSA?

Earlier this month, Congress voted to block the implementation of a key bundle of Obama-era education policies in a 50-49 Senate vote. A week later, Betsy DeVos issued her own replacement guidelines. Under her new rules, state education agencies have…