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Better Learning Through Expensive Software

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.28.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

The goal of school isn't to do well on a test. Doing school should never be for the purpose of more school. The goal of school is to create moral citizens that will fall in love with learning.

Federal Government Sues Chicago Schools For Pregnancy Discrimination

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics

(Adds comment from CPS, details from lawsuit, in paragraphs 5-8) By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Dec 23 (Reuters) - The U.S...

Cost Of Boarding Up Schools CPS Closed Triples

Posted 12.19.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Public School district will now pay triple the amount it originally budgeted to board up buildings it shuttered during this year's massive...

Reflections on the Anniversary of the Chicago Teachers Strike

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

The strike lasted seven days. Seven days of marching. Seven days of organizing parents. Seven days of laughter. Seven days of tears.

CPS Looks To Open More Charter Schools After Closing 50 Public Ones

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

Chicago recently shut down 50 of its schools in the largest single wave of public school closures in history. So why is the city now trying to open mo...

$20 Million Chicago Schools Contract Raises Questions

Lorraine Forte | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Quietly and without public fanfare, the Chicago Board of Education recently awarded a contract to a small for-profit company that CPS officials say is the best bet to provide high-quality training for principals and mid-level administrators.

Kim Bellware

PHOTOS: Protesters Clash With Cops At School Closing Rally | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Three days of Chicago Teachers Union-led marches in protest of the Chicago Public School district's plan to close 54 schools ended with a rush hour ra...

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.

Aldermen Push For Hearings, Details On Rumored School Closings

Posted 10.05.2012 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen on Thursday echoed teachers' anxiety over rumors of Chicago Public Schools' plan to shutter dozens of underperforming or under-utiliz...

Cash-Strapped Chicago Can't Afford Contract That Ended Teachers Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

* New contract expected to cost $74 million a year * Budget approved last month did not provide for pay rise * Options: ...

Chicago Loves Teachers (and So Does Matt Damon)

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 08.04.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Teachers, paraprofessionals, and school clinicians: Keep your heads up. The public is behind educators even though the corporate education reform establishment continues to try to drive a wedge between teachers and the public they serve.

Teachers Don't Like Bullies

Matt Farmer | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

A couple of voices from Mayor Emanuel's "education reform" choir are up in arms because some public schools teachers are now talking seriously about the possibility of a teachers' strike in Chicago later this summer.

An Elected School Board Could Solve the Longer School Day Debacle

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 06.24.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

This campaign would have been a wonderful opportunity for the new mayor to listen to the public and hear concerns over his proposal.

Mend Fences, Build Better Schools for Chicago

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Chicago Public Schools may feel an unprecedented effort was made this year to reach out regarding turnarounds. However, while Mayor Emanuel has a point when he says the protests are "noise associated with change," that's not the whole story.

WATCH: Protesters Take School Closure Protest To Rahm's House

Posted 02.21.2012 | Chicago

Parents, teachers and community members opposed to school closures gathered outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home Monday evening, holdi...

In Defense Of The Mic Check

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

After years of attending Chicago Board of Education monthly meetings, I left one where the community was actually heard. During the "public participation" segment of the meeting, a lone voice stopped the business-as-usual.

Need "Quality Seats" for a Big Event? Call CPS

Matt Farmer | Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

You've probably heard plenty of talk about the need for "quality seats" in Chicago's public schools. But you probably haven't heard CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard explain just what a "quality seat" is.

WATCH: Teachers Union President Says Rahm Is 'Absolutely' Anti-Teacher

Posted 12.11.2011 | Chicago

After participating in the heavily attended, largely peaceful Take Back Chicago rally Monday evening, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis app...

Lawsuit Claims First Graders Were Handcuffed, Told They Were Going To Prison

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

The family of a first grade Chicago Public Schools student who was reportedly handcuffed and told he was going to prison for talking during class file...

Report: CTU President Is Vacationing To Hawaii Amid Negotiations

Posted 08.17.2011 | Chicago

Karen Lewis may well be regretting the timing of her rumored upcoming vacation. Michael Sneed, the ever-astute gossip columnist at the Chicago Sun-...

In Unanimous Vote, Chicago Board Of Ed Rescinds Raise For Teachers

Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday to rescind a four-percent pay raise that teachers were expecting this year. The vote ...

A Credit to Our Schools

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

It's been two years, and I still haven't gotten a thank-you note from Rufus Williams for helping to cover the $640 dinner tab he rang up at Table 52 on the Gold Coast back in January 2009.

Chicago Public Schools Investigated: Misspending, Use Of Clout Discovered

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An investigation has led to the discovery of lavish spending by two former presidents of the Chicago Board of Education, all while schools faced a se...

Principal Accused Of Paying Students For Tips On School Gangs

CBS 2 Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gangs long have been a problem in the Northwest Side neighborhood that feeds into Carl Schurz High School. But the principal had an unorthodox way ...

FED UP: Teachers, Students Take To The Streets To Protest Budget Cuts As Execs Take Raises

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The fate of many state programs now lies in the hands of Governor Pat Quinn. After threatening to chop $1.3 billion from the education budget if a tax...