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Chicago Charter Schools

Will a Teacher Strike Accomplish Anything?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.09.2016 | Chicago
Peter Cunningham

On Tuesday, October 11, public school teachers in Chicago may go on strike, suspending the education of nearly 400,000 children and forcing parents to...

Restoring Opportunity

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I just read a fascinating book, Restoring Opportunity, by Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane. It describes the now-familiar problems of growing inequalit...

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...

Kim Bellware

Analysis: Demand For Charter Schools In Chicago Overstated By Advocates | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.02.2013 | Chicago

This is a developing story As the Chicago Public School district moves to close 54 neighborhood elementary schools on account of what it calls an ...

4 Years In A Row: 100 Percent Of School's Graduates College-Bound

Posted 03.29.2013 | Chicago

For a remarkable fourth consecutive year, all 167 seniors at Urban Prep Academies schools have been accepted at four-year colleges or universities thi...

Ed Today: Chicago Public School Closure List Out; More SOTU Preschool Details

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chicago School Drama? Two notable things happened in Chicago Public Schools land on Wednesday. First, 39 or 50 aldermen (code for city councilmen) signed a resolution that calls for a moratorium on charter schools next year. (Sort of similar, ish, to the closure and colocation moratorium several New York City mayoral candidates signed onto.) More controversially, CPS released a list of 129 schools that could be eligible for closure, notes the Chicago Tribune..

Charter School Transcends Demographics and Resurrects Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the Academy for Global Citizenship's Sarah Elizabeth Ippel - the core of her amazing efforts have developed into a learning lab for broader systemic change in the community.

'Secret' CPS School Closing Doc Discovered Amid Fight Over Charters

Posted 12.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration are clashing once again over looming Chicago Public School closure...

Is CPS's School Ranking System on the Level?

Matt Farmer | Posted 02.10.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

How does a school earn -- or, in the case of Philip Rogers Elementary School, recently downgraded to Level 2 keep -- that Level 1 badge of honor?

Teachers Union Mocks Mayor In Satirical 'Fat Cats' Video

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

The Chicago Teachers Union is out with an incendiary video targeting city officials through a made-up scary cartoon bedtime story called "The Fat Cats...

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

Chicago Teachers Union Report Highlights Flaws | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

Nearly two months after a contentious labor battle between Chicago teachers and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union is striking yet another blow in a...

CPS Asks Community To Help With 'Tough' School Closing Decisions

Posted 11.01.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools said Wednesday no schools are currently slated for closing, but maintained half of the district's schools are "underused," with...

The Open Seats of Chicago Public Schools

Dave Stieber | Posted 12.26.2012 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The budget is all about priorities and it is time we make the mayor and the appointed Board of Education understand ours, because as a teachers and parents our priorities are about the kids.

$30 Million? So the Speed Cameras Were About Raising Revenue?

Barbara Popovic | Posted 12.22.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

On this week's Chicago Newsroom, Ben Joravsky and Miguel Del Valle say $30 million dollars may be a lot to expect from speed cameras in the first year.

Chris Kirkham

Chicago Teachers Strike Shows Teacher Accountability At Charters Differs From Union-Contract Schools | Chris Kirkham | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

At the heart of the Chicago teachers strike, a historic rift that left 350,000 students in limbo for more than a week, was a question that school syst...

In Defense of Public Education

Michael Rusin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago
Michael Rusin

Instead of privatized education for Chicago, I hope for a future with strong neighborhood schools where teachers work together with CPS to create safe environments and strong learning communities.

Are Charter Schools the Answer to - or One Reason for - Chicago's Violence?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Even the national media has taken notice of the disastrous upsurge in Chicago youth violence. But charter schools may not be the answer. They don't equate with quality, and some communities believe they actually increase violence.

Protesters End Sit-In At CPS School Slated For 'Turnaround'

Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story A group of Chicago parents, students and activists on Friday began a sit-in inside, as well as an encampment outside, a West Side ele...

Transforming the Public Education System in Chicago

Phyllis Lockett | Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago
Phyllis Lockett

Simply put, there are not enough great public schools in Chicago -- period. Our city needs more high-performing magnet, selective-enrollment, charter, turnaround and neighborhood schools in communities of highest need.

Charter School CEO Slams 'Unfortunate' Chicago Public Schools

Posted 02.02.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Teacher's Union is demanding an apology from the CEO of New Schools for Chicago over comments she made at a recruitment event disparaging ...

WATCH: Protesters Disrupt Chicago School Board Meeting

Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

Updated story A Chicago Public Schools board meeting was disrupted early Wednesday after protesters spoke out against the district's proposed clo...

12 New CPS-Proposed Charter Schools Met With Some Community Concern

Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools announced Monday their plan to open 12 new charter schools throughout the city over the course of the next two years while, at ...

Chicago Charter Schools Return Erratic State Test Results

The Huffington Post | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago

After being touted as the solution to low-performing Chicago public schools, state achievement test data released Wednesday showed erratic student per...

Charters Line Up For Extended School Day Cash

Catalyst Chicago | Posted 12.28.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that most charter schools eligible for the financial incentives to lengthen the day by 90 minutes have quickly s...

Lizzie Schiffman

Chicago Charter School's 'A Disciplined Life' Program Could Spread Nationwide | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $4 million in grants Monday that will be distributed to select charter schools across the country...