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Chicago Teachers Union Says Schools Probe Sign Of Bigger Problem

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, April 16 (Reuters) - The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe o...

Federal Authorities Investigating Chicago Public Schools Contract

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Federal authorities are investigating whether Chicago Public Schools improperly awarded a contract to a training academy that formerly employed the he...

Green Schoolyards Are a Win for Kids, Communities and the Environment

Carla Thompson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

Most city neighborhoods already have a local schoolyard, and it's the perfect space to be transformed into an outdoor hub -- serving students during the school day and the entire community when school isn't in session.

Not So Simple Machines

Claire Wapole | Posted 04.01.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My second grade daughter has lived through an extreme fixation on the study of simple machines at school. My sixth and eighth grade kids also studied simple machines when they were in second grade, but it involved a few worksheets and a classroom project designed to catch a leprechaun.

Why I Support Music Education

Mac Grambauer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Mac Grambauer

As budgets have been slashed and the arts have been devalued, music education has been evicted. It has been left to organizations to fill the void, so that students who might otherwise go without music education have the access and opportunity they deserve.

Don't Give Away Your Power on April 7

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 03.23.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

From now until April 7, we have the power to push both candidates to give specific answers. After you get the questions you want answered, you must take the final step and cast your ballot.

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Nancy Michaels

Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.

Chris Ware's Mayoral Quest

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 04.11.2015 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Ware's vision for Chicago is grounded in the sense that people in all neighborhoods and from all backgrounds want the same essential things. Safe streets and good schools.

Stupidity and Value-Added Models

Gregory Michie | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

There's no convincing research to show that value-added models have done anything to help teachers improve or kids learn, and growing evidence shows them to be wildly inaccurate and erratic.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

School Ironies: The Fizzle of Arne Duncan's Chicago Schools "Renaissance"

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Arne Duncan admits "churn," but never admits defeat. He's always already moving on to the next renaissance.

Student Lives Matter

Ronnie Reese | Posted 03.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ronnie Reese

Police brutality is not a black problem, nor is it a white problem. It is a people problem, and due to our city's status as one of America's major urban hubs, it is a matter of utmost importance to public school educators.

The Reason I Loved English Class Is the Reason My Students Hate It

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Karen Zainal

I currently teach Math. But I don't have a single student who likes their English class, and it makes me wonder why. I loved it because I happened to be an obnoxious little linguaphile. The way English classes are (often) run would surely turn off any kid who isn't one.

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

Dave Stieber | Posted 01.21.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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.