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I Would Be So Thankful If Only Chicago Had an Elected School Board

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.22.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We have a school board that is handpicked by the mayor and therefor does whatever the mayor tells them to do, because if they go against him -- then guess what? They are no longer on the school board.

The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

Maria Rivera | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Maria Rivera

Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last year, and it feels like, amidst discussions of testing, contracts, and school closings, no one gave this ever-rising number the attention I believe it deserves.

Top Schools in Illinois Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.10.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois' 2014 statewide races are over, but now it's time to get to work on making the state better, which starts with a better education system for Illinois' students. But first we have to reflect on where we are now before we can move forward.

Plutocrat (The Ballad of Bruce Rauner)

Matt Farmer | Posted 10.23.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

What do you give a guy who owns nine homes, made $60 million last year and wants to be governor of Illinois? I decided to give him the gift of music.

Joseph Erbentraut

'Gross And Disgusting' Chicago Public Schools Under Fire

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO -- The new school year is off to a messy start in Chicago, the nation's third-largest school district. Michael Flynn, who has taught sixth ...

reaking the Cycle of Hate: Lessons From My 5th Grader's Classroom

Alana Baum | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Alana Baum

What makes us better is our willingness to be honest about the challenges in front of us, recognize our mistakes and limitations, and still struggle to get it right.

'Don't Know Much about History': Is Denver the Start of a New Student Movement?

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The protest to preserve the history curriculum is important for many reasons. If the so-called education reformers are not careful, they may bring on that catastrophe by toppling the only remaining institution dedicated to reinforcing civic values -- public education.

BGA: Chicago Public Schools 'Willfully and Intentionally' Delaying FOIA Requests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Andy Shaw at the Better Government Association says the organization has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools for "willfully and intentional...

Lessons Learned in Englewood: 8 Years of Reflections From a CPS Teacher

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.24.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Teachers know that kids can detect a good teacher in the first few minutes of meeting us. Well, my Englewood students could detect a good teacher in seconds.

A Good Evening Spoiled

Claire Wapole | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

So, as another school year begins, I am anxiously hoping. Anxiously hoping that little if any homework muscles it's way into my home, commandeering time and energy away from my family.

The Education Reform Movement Is Failing Our Kids

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

We may never go back to open classrooms, immersion in the arts, and curriculum totally driven by the interests of students. But I am hopeful that the creative spirit of that phase of education will creep back into our schools.

Why This Chicago High School Has Only 12 Students Left

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

Classes began districtwide at Chicago's public schools on Tuesday, and the scene at most of the city's hundreds of schools was one of excitement as gr...

Chicago Ups Safety Guards For Students This Year

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city...

With Eye Toward Equity, Schools Rethink Discipline

Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Mikhail Zinshteyn

With the share of white students falling and Latino students rising, school suspension and expulsion figures in the United States risk hitting new highs, unless more districts tackle their discipline policies head on.

Feds Investigating Possible Civil Rights Violations At Chicago Schools

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into alleged discrimination taking place at two public schools located on Chicago's Sou...

Fifth-Graders In Chicago Write To Newspaper: 'You Don't Really Know Us'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

A group of fifth-graders came together to write an op-ed published last week in The Chicago Tribune in an effort to combat "the constant negative publ...

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

A Property Tax Freeze in Illinois? At Least One State Rep. Thinks It's a Good Idea

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says he thinks property taxes should freeze all across Illinois in an op-ed in the Chicago Tr...

Is the 2015 Chicago Public Schools budget based on a "gimmick?"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Q: What's 14 months long and lasts 365 days? A: The Chicago Public Schools 2015 fiscal year. That's no joke. It's the gist of a report from fiscal w...

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

One Step Closer to Eliminating Power Hungry Unions

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

In the historic Harris v. Quinn case, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that home-care workers, many of whom are just parents acting as the primary caregiver for their ill children, shouldn't be forced to join a union.

The Global Search for Education: Teacher I Need You

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Special Ed teacher Matthew Cunningham awarded the inaugural GEMS Education Chicago Teacher Award "But what does it all mean to YOU?" My teacher...

Chicago Public Schools Are Failing

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Hilary Gowins

Nowhere is the crumbling of a major public school system more evident than in the city of Chicago. Last week, one school's prom slogan showed in just four words how far Chicago Public Schools has fallen.

To Our Kindergarten Teacher on the Last Day of School

Jenn Horton | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jenn Horton

You encourage. You strengthen. You guide. Reading? Check. Writing? Check. Math and Marine Biology too? Check and check. But what happens beyond the books is where the real magic happens and allows for those checks to find their balance.