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Chicago Education Reform

School Closings Pose Big Challenge for Chicago Public Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

As the saying goes, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Unfortunately, that saying does not bode well for the thousands of children who will be displaced when 54 schools shut down this year.

Chicago Catholic Schools -- Stake a Claim to Neighborhoods

Joshua Hale | Posted 11.04.2012 | Chicago
Joshua Hale

I am not saying Catholic schools are THE answer to the outbreaks of violence seen in our most challenged communities. However, we know that they, along with others, are important community based organizations that when gone leave a tremendous void.

The Battle for an Elected School Board

Dick Simpson | Posted 10.20.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Even though it isn't a panacea, we should move to an elected school board. Therefore, if the referendum gets on the ballot in your ward, vote for it. If it doesn't, push your state legislators to change the law in Springfield.

Chicago Teachers Begin Strike Authorization Vote Wednesday

Posted 06.06.2012 | Chicago

It all comes down to this: The Chicago Teachers Union is calling on its members to authorize a citywide strike in a vote Wednesday. Chicago Teacher...

Chicago Teachers Union Preps For 4,000-Strong Downtown Protest

Posted 05.23.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union is preparing to bring together some 4,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers in a Wednesday rally intended to send a message o...

Do You Have Questions For Mayor Rahm Emanuel?

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

One year after taking office, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will host his third #AskChicago Facebook Town Hall meeting to solicit questions and suggestio...

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.

Questions Rolling In For Rahm's Education Town Hall

Posted 01.23.2012 | Chicago

Questions are rolling in for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who will participate in his second "town hall"-style online chat session Monday night. Fo...

Rahm Seeks Questions For Second Facebook Chat

Posted 01.17.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has, once again, put out a call for the city's residents to submit and rank questions they would like to ask him during a F...

Six More CPS Schools Start Longer School Day

Posted 11.26.2011 | Chicago

Six public elementary schools in Chicago launched a 90-minutes-longer school day on Monday. One of the schools, Disney II Magnet School, was set to...

Yes, Institutional Violence Does Exist and It Exacerbates Youth Violence

Tracy Siska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tracy Siska

Who in their right mind thought it would be a good educational decision to move black kids from 95% black North Lawndale to Little Village High School in a 95% Latino community? Racial violence was predictable if not guaranteed.