He was born to a drug-addicted mother, struggled in school and as a child was bounced among the homes of several relatives. Yet doors began to open for Shantell Hopkins four years ago after he entered a new charter public high school in Chicago. Now he is preparing for his freshman year at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on a full-tuition scholarship from the school.Story here. Charters: Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, Englewood Campus; two campuses of Noble Street Charter School, Rauner College Prep and Pritzker College Prep; University of Chicago Charter School, Woodlawn High School Campus; Perspectives Charter School, Calumet High School Campus; and Chicago International Charter School, Ralph Ellison campus.
Succeeding in spite of our morally bankrupt legislators in Springfield. Think what they could do if this state were more supportive. As Shantell reminds us, we want better.