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Ranking CPS Schools: It's Easy as 1-2-3

Matt Farmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The numbers are in, the spreadsheets have been released, and CPS parents now know whether their kids are currently attending Level 1, 2 or 3 schools. Whatever that means.

On the Outside Looking In

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.21.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

On February 28, WGN-TV named Octavia Sansing-Rhodes of Herzl Elementary their "Teacher of the Month." It came just six days after CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard effectively fired her, along with everybody else who works at Herzl.

Experienced Teachers Are a School's Best Resource

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Last year CPS made 930 layoffs and teachers at schools with a higher-than-average percentage of African-American or low-income students were twice as likely to lose their jobs.

The Board of Education's Circus Act Doesn't Help Kids

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.16.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

The December 14th takeover of the Chicago Board of Education meeting by parents and educators was at the first meeting after CPS announced its desire to "turnaround" ten schools. Immediately following, there was blowback from the mainstream media.

Taking It to the Next Level With CPS and AUSL

Matt Farmer | Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Just what kind of bump in Collins Academy's test scores was needed to get this "success story" back in "good standing?" The answer might surprise you. Buckle up and join me as we enter the upside-down world of big-money school reform.

One Public School's Death By A Thousand Cuts

Matt Farmer | Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Chicago's Walter H. Dyett High School was set up as a house of cards. Arne Duncan, served for years as the absentee landlord. And current CEO Jean-Claude Brizard was recently cast in the role of the evicting sheriff.

Chicago Student Artists Showcased at AUSL's Festival of the Arts

Erick Deshaun Dorris | Posted 07.20.2011 | Chicago
Erick Deshaun Dorris

Nat "King" Cole, Sam Cooke, Dorothy Donegan and Sara Vaughn: famous musicians all, and all famous alumni of what is now Wendell Phillips Academy High School. Is there a future star to add to this list?

No Magic Bullets, But Harvard Elementary Is Turning the Corner

Andre Cowling | Posted 05.30.2011 | Chicago
Andre Cowling

You never know when life's big moments will occur. Mine came in 2002 when I grabbed a free newspaper while waiting for a booth at MacArthur's restaurant in Chicago.