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Parents Team Up To Get TIF Money To Struggling Schools

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't believe it. There must have been more than 100 people--most of them parents of Chicago Public Schools students--sit...

50 Area Schools Make Newsweek's 'Best' List

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Every year, Newsweek rates "America's best high schools," based on the percentage of seniors taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate of...

Karen Lewis, New Chicago Teachers Union President, Opposes Mayor's Education Agenda

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Karen Lewis, a high school chemistry teacher who has been a fierce opponent of Mayor Daley's Renaissance 2010 program to shake up and rejuvenate publi...

Chicago Public School Officials Propose Eight-Hour School Day

Chicago Sun-Times | Science Codex | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An eight-hour school day for kids? It could be headed to your local Chicago public elementary school. In an attempt to extend an unusually short in...

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...

Tougher Tests Just the First Step to Improving Chicago Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.

Education in Chicago: Wringing The Passion Out Of Higher Learning

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

Here is the unacknowledged truth of undergraduate life in 2009: Everyone, students included, feels alienated and bored by what we have made our universities.

Career Education a Must in Today's Job Market

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Here's a sobering scenario: Each year, about 7,000 seniors earn a diploma from CPS, but don't enroll in college and have no preparation for work. That is a road to disaster.

Duncan Should Stay. But He Has to Go.

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alexander Russo

Should Chicago schools superintendent Arne Duncan go to Washington if he's asked to head the U.S. Department of Education, or should he stay in town?

Tuition Rising At City Colleges

Chi-Town Daily News | Peter Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

City Colleges students can expect to pay 10 percent more on their tuition bills starting this summer. The increase is the first in two years, and tui...

City Colleges Leave Public In The Dark

Chi-Town Daily News | Peter Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Once a month, the City Colleges of Chicago trustees hold a public meeting to approve new hires, shift money from one account to another and okay thou...

Thousands Of Teachers May Be Sent Back To School

Chicago Tribune | Carlos Sadovi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As many as 5,000 middle school teachers in Chicago could be required to go back to school for additional training to continue teaching under a plan ex...

12 New Schools To Open Next Fall

Chicago Public Radio | Chip Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved plans for 12 new schools to open next fall. The 12 are among dozens of small, autonomous schools...

CPS Changing Magnet Schools Admissions Policy

Chicago Public Radio | Linda Lutton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools says it may use income rather than race to enroll students in its popular magnet schools. That's if a federal judge ends the di...

School Funding Protest Spawns Friendships And Action

Chicago Tribune | Tara Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With grins and a familiar nod, a dozen teenagers came together this weekend for what has become a standing date since nearly 1,000 Chicago students sk...

Is School Choice Failing Kids?

Catalyst Chicago | John Myers | Posted 05.26.2011 | Chicago

With the end of 8th grade in view for James Baker, three of Chicago's top public high schools turned him away--rejections that caught the straight-A s...

Minority Enrollment Down At Top Magnet Schools

Catalyst Chicago | Sarah Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Kenneth Green knew he wanted to send his daughter to a magnet school, Chicago's oldest schools of choice. He spent hours enveloped in research and tou...

Watchdog Group Says School Manipulating Enrollment

Chicago Public Radio | Mike Rhee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An education watchdog group is accusing a Chicago elementary school of manipulating its student population to improve test scores. Sherman Elementary...

CPS Expanding Pre-School Programs

ABC 7 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools is expanding pre-school programs to include 1,500 new students across the city. The announcement was made Wed...

Merit Pay For Principals?

Catalyst Chicago | Debra Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In recent years, Chicago Public Schools has rolled out bonus pay for administrators and teachers. Now, the district is considering merit pay for prin...

Third-World Math Scores In Chicago: Study

Chicago Sun-Times | Dave Newbart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's public schools do as badly as schools in some Third World nations in math, a first-of-its kind study released Wednesday has found. The comp...

High Schools Faltering: 70% Fail Reading Standards, Even More Fail Math

Chicago Public Radio | Linda Lutton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago public high school students lost ground in Illinois' latest round of standardized tests. Last month, Mayor Richard Daley was on hand for the ...

What Do Bob Dylan, Bill Clinton, and French Cream Puffs Have in Common?

Flora Lazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Flora Lazar

Legendary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus were at Flashpoint Academy this week for a screening of a new film they're making about the coveted "Meilleurs Ouvriers de France."

CPS Paying For Good Grades

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"Up to 5,000 freshmen at 20 Chicago public high schools will get cash for good--and even average--grades as part of a new, Harvard-designed test progr...

Prayer for the First Day of Chicago Public School

Kevin Coval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Kevin Coval

Get Arne Duncan out of the health club. Let him and the progenitors of Renaissance 2010 do more than revamp failed plans. May they consider the whole student body of CPS, not just those with clout and high tax bases.