No Excuses: Race and Reckoning at a Chicago Charter School

Illustration by Rachel Sender for APM Reports

Producer DJ Cashmere spent seven years teaching Black and brown students at a Noble Street charter high school in Chicago. Noble followed a popular model called “no excuses.” It required strict discipline but promised low-income students a better shot at college. After DJ left to become a journalist, Noble disavowed its policies–calling them “assimilationist, patriarchal, white supremacist, and anti-black.” In this hour, DJ revisits his old school as it tries to reinvent itself. And he seeks out his former students to ask how they felt about their time in his classroom.

This special from APM Reports will air on Friday September 2nd at 10 AM and 8 PM here on KCPW 88.3 FM.