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'We Will Not Have Another Parking Meter Deal in This City'

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

When our leaders put short-term budget relief above the long-term public interest by handing over control of public services and assets to the private sector, too often the public foots the bill for too little in return.

Top 25 School Districts in Illinois with Highest Projected Deficit, Surplus Spending

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With fewer state dollars being appropriated for K-12 education funding, deficit spending by Illinois school districts has risen sharply in recent year...

Funding Public Education Through Fundraisers

Michael Beyer | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

When I began at Ogden everyone warned me about the parents. They were described as the most extreme breed of helicopter parents. They were not only helicopter parents, they owned helicopters! Within four months, I found quite the opposite.

Principle-Free Principal Training

Matt Farmer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Chicago taxpayers undoubtedly slept better this week after being reassured by former Board of Education President David Vitale that they got their money's worth from the now-infamous $20.5 million, no-bid contract between CPS and SUPES Academy.

Ex-head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Kickbacks Scheme

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- The former head of the nation's 3rd largest school district has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in an alleged scheme to steer $23 mi...

Empowering Inner-City Youth Through Nature

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

I was in the sixth grade at Henry Nash Elementary School on the West side of Chicago, and my class had gotten the opportunity to get away from daily life and dive into nature for two weeks.

Oh the Irony: "Back to the Future" Writer Who Predicted 2015 Cubs World Series Win Is Cards Fan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

How's this for irony? When the movie "Back to the Future II" came out in 1989, the joke was self-evident: Things are so crazy in the far-off world o...

Chicago's Day of Reckoning Is Now

Bob Williams | Posted 10.06.2015 | Chicago
Bob Williams

According to municipal audits and financial statements, Chicago Public Schools cannot make their pension payments and meet payroll this year while covering their monthly bills.

Chicago Activists End Hunger Strike After Starving For Over A Month

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.21.2015 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (AP) -- Activists have announced the end of a 34-day hunger strike over the fate of a Chicago neighborhood school, an effort that garnered nat...

These Chicago Protesters Have Been Starving Themselves For 34 Days

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2015 | Black Voices

For the past month, the same eight Chicago protesters have spent their days in front of Walter H. Dyett High School, a once-bustling but now vacant i...

It's Groundhog Day at CPS

Matt Farmer | Posted 09.17.2015 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Five years ago, on September 15, 2010, a group of mothers began a sit-in at Whittier Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The mothers took this action only after trying unsuccessfully for years to get a library for their kids' school.

#FightForDyett: What Would You Sacrifice for a Fully Supported, Fully Public School?

Daniel Katz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

That in the city of Chicago in 2015 there are people who have been on hunger strike for nearly a month to simply have what their peers in the suburbs never even question -- an excellent, fully public school -- is heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time.

Jitu Brown and the Education Battleground of Chicago

Michael Elliot | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Jitu Brown and the Chicago activists have taken the fight to a new level. They insist that Chicago Public Schools engage with the communities they are there to serve. If CPS undertakes any further uncollaborative action, it risks not only a symbolic, but an actual, devastating response.

Poor Kids In Chicago Have More Options For Where To Go To School, But That's Not Necessarily Good

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Long gone are the days when poor children in Chicago got trapped in failing neighborhood schools. Nowadays, families from low-income neighborhoods ar...

Protestors Continue Hunger Strike Even After Chicago Agrees To Reopen Disputed School

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago officials announced plans Thursday to open a new arts-focused school in a neighborhood school once slated for closure, but pro...

School Protesters Force Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel To Shut Down Budget Meeting

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

A group of protesters caused Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down a budget meeting on Wednesday evening after he refused to answer their questions ...

Hungry for Equitable and Quality Schools

Cristina Pacione-Zayas | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Cristina Pacione-Zayas

Known as the "Dyett 12," hunger strikers are sacrificing meals and endangering their bodies to call attention to the neglect and disinvestment of neighborhood schools with a particular focus on Walter H. Dyett High School.

Explaining a Hunger Strike to My 3 Year Old: Dyett High School- Hunger Strikes

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.26.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Yesterday my son and I took juice to the 12 parents and community members who are performing a hunger strike. They are protesting Chicago Public Schools' decision to close one of the last public schools in their neighborhood.

Chicago Mom: Rahm Emanuel Ignoring Low Income, Minority Families

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices

Chicago mom Jeanette Taylor-Ramann is fed up with the indecision over the now-closed Dyett High School, and she's calling out the leaders be...

Illinois' Geographic Rifts Grow Larger With School Spending Conflicts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Forget Democrats vs. Republicans. A brewing fight over how state government funds Illinois schools districts draws geographic battle lines that pit Ch...

I am a Dictator: A Chicago Public Schools Teacher Responds to Rauner and Claypool

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.14.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The stress that I and the rest of Chicago's teachers go through every day of the year to educate the children of this city that we love is not easy, but we do it because we know that our students matter. It is time for the politicians to do the same.

Rauner on Property Tax Freeze Bill: Illinois Should Not Be 'Dictatorship From Chicago'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a property tax freeze passed by the Illinois Senate this week is more evidence of Illinois being run as a "dictatorship from Chicago" by House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic allies in the city.

Then and Now: Innovation at the Core of the Charter Movement

Andrew Broy | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Andrew Broy

In recent years, some have begun to question the charter movement's commitment to real accountability. Some have even suggested that public charter schools are more worried about growth than ensuring that all schools deliver a consistently excellent education.

Total Overhaul: Chicago School Board Changes Leadership And Borrows Millions

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 22 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved the sale of up to $1.16 billion of bonds for its cash-strapped sch...

Desperate Chicago Schools Look To Resolve Debt Through Selling Bonds

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 20 (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools on Monday proposed selling up to $1.16 billion of bonds despite the district's falling credit ra...