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5 Troubling Takeaways from CPS Watchdog Report

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.15.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Chicago Public Schools' ethics watchdog recently released its annual report on investigations within CPS, focusing on issues like families lying to get their children into selective-enrollment schools.

Illinois Politics in 2015: Started With Rauner Coming Into Office, Ended With Calls For Rahm to Resign

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In October, Emanuel had seen his former schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, plead guilty to corruption charges in one of the most brazen bribery schemes in state history. The McDonald controversy brought demands for his resignation that continue today.

Illinois' Top 5 Biggest Fails From 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you live in Illinois you know there's no shortage of fodder for "fails" in our state over the year. We've chosen 10 to highlight and recap from the year that was.

Principle-Free Principal Training

Matt Farmer | Posted 10.16.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Chicago taxpayers undoubtedly slept better this week after being reassured by former Board of Education President David Vitale that they got their money's worth from the now-infamous $20.5 million, no-bid contract between CPS and SUPES Academy.

Oh the Irony: "Back to the Future" Writer Who Predicted 2015 Cubs World Series Win Is Cards Fan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.09.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

How's this for irony? When the movie "Back to the Future II" came out in 1989, the joke was self-evident: Things are so crazy in the far-off world o...

Constitution Rock

Matt Farmer | Posted 06.02.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Social studies teachers at Chicago's Darwin Elementary School probably had a blast last month preparing their seventh and eighth-grade students for the state-mandated constitution test. Let's face it. In this town, test prep material practically writes itself.

Same Script, Different Scandal

Matt Farmer | Posted 06.24.2015 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

A tenacious journalist does some digging and uncovers highly suspect -- perhaps criminal -- conduct by a top CPS/Chicago Board of Education official.

Chicago Teachers Union Says Schools Probe Sign Of Bigger Problem

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, April 16 (Reuters) - The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe o...

Federal Authorities Investigating Chicago Public Schools Contract

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Federal authorities are investigating whether Chicago Public Schools improperly awarded a contract to a training academy that formerly employed the he...

The New President Obama School Even Though CPS Closed 50 Schools Last Year

Dave Stieber | Posted 06.24.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Chicago Public Schools just announced that they will build a new high school and name it after our current president, Barack Obama. This announcemen...

What It Means to Love Your Students

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.07.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We teachers teach, because we love the kids we work with. Yes, we may complain about the kids at times, but they are the reason we stay late, bring work home, and get up early.

IFT Members Stand With Saucedo Test Boycotters

Dan Montgomery | Posted 04.30.2014 | Chicago
Dan Montgomery

Facing the threat of termination, more than 40 teachers at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Chicago have organized an act of civil disobedience against the standardized testing madness. These brave teachers are taking a stand for their students, and the IFT stands with them.

Putting Students First? In Chicago, Not a Chance

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

What's happening in Chicago schools -- and in many other places across the country -- is not about putting students first. It's agendas first. Ideology first. Test scores first. Efficiency first.

The Real Status Quo of Chicago Public Schools

Dave Stieber | Posted 07.30.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

When rhetoric comes from our CEO, mayor, or anyone high up in CPS about the Teachers Union wanting to keep kids trapped in the status quo, remember that the union is run by 40,000 people who work with students and have committed our professional lives to improving the opportunities for our students.

What's the Plan for Chicago Public Schools? Look No Further Than Detroit

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 07.08.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

If the goal is truly to fix public education in Chicago, would there be a need for marketing lessons for CPS bureaucrats? If during moments of honesty, managers talk about "blowing up" and "dismantling" a district, having a detailed script may be necessary.

CPS CEO Calls School Closing Racism Charges 'An Affront'

Posted 04.04.2013 | Chicago

In a Wednesday school board meeting defending the district's plan to close 54 neighborhood elementary schools, Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-...

Chicago Public Schools and Other People's Children

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Apparently the Board of Education understands that moving students out of their home schools causes much pain and suffering, which is only acceptable for other people's children.

1 of 150 Arrested for Protesting School Closures

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

How much longer can I go on letting my students in Englewood be treated as second-class citizens by a school system that says it cares about them?

Parents, Activists, Aldermen Dig In For Battle Over School Closings

Posted 03.23.2013 | Chicago

After Chicago Public Schools officials on Thursday unveiled their plan to shutter 54 of the district's elementary schools, the Chicago Teachers Union,...

CPS Touts New Perks Ahead For Kids Displaced By Closures

Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago

Updated story In the ongoing battle over Chicago Public School closures, the district is putting a glossy sheen on the news thousands of the city's...

The Night That We Were Shocked... That We Were Shocked by CPS

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.03.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Our skin has become thicker. From Chicago. Thicker from the winters. Thicker from the corruption The lies and double speak. From sacrifices demanded by our city.

Charter Schools Shocked To Land On CPS' 'Warning List'

Posted 02.28.2013 | Chicago

Charter schools are the latest — and most surprising — addition to the chorus of voices unhappy with the Chicago Public School's closure process f...

Ed Today: Rahm Emanuel's Full-Day Kindergarten Push; Trouble For Renaissance Charter Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chicago Full-Day K? In the midst of much bitter infighting over school closures in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett are announcing an initiative that is perhaps aimed to quell the melee: all CPS schools will have full-day kindergarten, reports the Sun-Times. "The change will make full-day kindergarten available to 30,700 children next fall -- 4,200 more than this school year," the paper reports.

CPS High Schools Safe From Closures List Chopping Block

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Several Chicago Public Schools are breathing a sigh of relief after education officials announced high schools would be spared from the list of school...

Joravsky on Rahm: "And He Wonders Why No One Trusts Him"

Barbara Popovic | Posted 02.25.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Does Mayor Emanuel already know what schools he wants to close in March? The Reader's Ben Joravsky thinks he does. And WBEZ's Achy Obejas thinks that there's not going to be much movement on gun regulation.