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Chicago Education

Neighborhood Schools: An Answer to Chicago's Supply and Demand Problem

Joshua Hale | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago
Joshua Hale

While selective enrollment and high quality neighborhood and charter public schools are key to the fabric of our city, they clearly cannot meet the demand

Lifting Up Our Youngest Learners

Josh Anderson | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Josh Anderson

As a community, we must continue our commitment to raising the bar for our early learning centers and closing the school readiness gap for our city's future leaders.

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...

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.

Parents: Library Field Trip Ended With Kindergartener Locked In Jail Cell

Posted 04.19.2012 | Chicago

Parents were outraged to discover the library field trip they'd signed off on for their children ended with kindergarteners being locked in jail cells...

Report: CPS Teachers Already Work A Very Long School Day

Posted 04.14.2012 | Chicago

As the debate over how long the Chicago Public Schools school day should be wages on, a new analysis released this week lends credence to the argument...

Emanuel Shortens School Day Plan After Parents Cry Foul

Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

After being accused of refusing to work with Chicago parents, Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed down on his longer school day proposal Tuesday. Emanuel an...

Parents Want Answers From Rahm On Longer School Day

Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

Opponents of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to lengthen the school day for Chicago Public School students joined forces this week -- and are demand...

Union: Teachers 'Fed Up,' Ready To Strike

Posted 04.06.2012 | Chicago

As negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools continue, the union announced Thursday that, according to their own info...

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.

600 Summer Learning Scholarships for Chicago Students

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago
Earl Martin Phalen

With budget cuts creating a decrease in educational opportunities and an increase in summer violence and hopelessness among youth, it's imperative to keep our children engaged over the summer.

Does Teacher Incentive Program Work? Report Shows No Student Improvement

Posted 03.09.2012 | Chicago

A four-year pilot program in Chicago's Public Schools that focused on increasing teachers' access to self-improvement programs was recently evaluated ...

Did School Expel Student Over Hearing Disability?

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago Catholic high school is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that a student in her senior year was expelled due to behavioral problems linked t...

Joseph Erbentraut

Study: Minority Students Face Harsher Discipline, Fewer Options | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.06.2012 | Chicago

In Chicago public schools, black students receive harsher punishments for in-school infractions than white students, a fact that mirrors a nationwide ...

CPS CEO Denies Rev. Jackson's 'Educational Apartheid' Claim

Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took to the pulpit, literally, on Sunday to respond to the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago Teachers Unio...

Relatives Of Lobbyists, Campaign Donors Got Lawmakers' Help To Enter U. Of I.

Chicago Tribune | Jodi S. Cohen, Stacy St. Clair and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune Reporters | Posted 02.25.2012 | Chicago

Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union l...

Teacher Still Instructing As 100th Birthday Approaches

Posted 02.24.2012 | Chicago

The Monday after Olivia Neubauer turns 100 next month, she'll do what she's done every school day since 1935 -- teach. Neubauer teaches reading to ...

An 'Education Apartheid'?

Posted 02.23.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday to close, phaseout or otherwise overhaul 17 Chicago Public Schools following hours of impas...

Police: Teacher Ordered Student To Bind His Wrists With Duct Tape

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

A veteran substitute teacher in west suburban Chicago has been fired after she allegedly ordered a 10-year-old student to duct tape his wrists togethe...

Board To Vote On CPS School Closings, Turnarounds

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education is slated to vote Wednesday on its plan to close, phaseout or "turnaround" some 17 of the city's Chicago Public Schools...

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...

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...

CPS Sick Day Crackdown Ahead

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Next week, Chicago Public Schools will present a revised sick day policy for its non-union employees aimed at bringing to an end the controversial pay...

Teachers Union: Vacation, Sick Day Payout Report 'Unfair'

Posted 02.04.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union on Friday stated that a report finding that Chicago Public Schools, since 2006, paid out $265 million to ex-employees due t...

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.