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Resources Must Accompany Emanuel’s New Graduation Proposal For Chicago

Marcus Bright | Posted 04.10.2017 | Politics
Marcus Bright

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put forth a bold proposal to alter the graduation standards for Chicago Public School (CPS) students. The Chicago Tribu...

Protesters On Hunger Strike For 17 Days Ask Education Department To Help

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

Two Chicago protesters who have been fasting for 17 days over the future of a local high school traveled to Washington D.C. this week to take their fi...

Total Overhaul: Chicago School Board Changes Leadership And Borrows Millions

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 22 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved the sale of up to $1.16 billion of bonds for its cash-strapped sch...

Desperate Chicago Schools Look To Resolve Debt Through Selling Bonds

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 20 (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools on Monday proposed selling up to $1.16 billion of bonds despite the district's falling credit ra...

Chicago Mayor Rejects State Cash Advance For Schools

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 st...

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.

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...