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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.22.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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.

When the Cruelty Comes From Our Kids

Alana Baum | Posted 06.11.2014 | Chicago
Alana Baum

What happened at Ogden is abhorrent. There must be consequences and continued conversations about cruelty and our kids. Yet, amidst this example of bullying and hate, let's remember to use this as a teaching lesson for ourselves, as well as for our children.

The Debate Over School Choice in Chicago

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The debate over the impact of charter schools is prominent both across the country and closer to home in Chicago. Are charter schools part of the solution for struggling public school systems, or are they part of the problem for the struggles?

A Vietnam Veteran Reflects on Memorial Day

Dave Stieber | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

War -- conflict resolution by violence. Memorial Day -- a day to remember those killed in wars. More than remembering, Memorial Day is reality for me. That reality began in 2003 and was amplified in 2013.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Maintaining the Status Quo in Chicago Public Schools

Dave Stieber | Posted 07.07.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

So the Chicago Mercantile Exchange wants a world-class education system yet will not give a minute fraction of its wealth and revenue to actually make this a reality?

Top 10 States That Receive The Most Federal Funding For Education

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Ever wondered how much federal money the state of Illinois gets to fund its elementary and secondary school programs?

The New President Obama School Even Though CPS Closed 50 Schools Last Year

Dave Stieber | Posted 06.24.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Chicago Public Schools just announced that they will build a new high school and name it after our current president, Barack Obama. This announcemen...

Obama's Getting A Chicago School Named After Him

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama will have a new selective enrollment Chicago public high school named after him, his former chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Ra...

You Probably Don't Want To Know What's In Public School Chicken Nuggets

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.18.2014 | Taste

Turns out the chicken nuggets being served in one of the nation's largest public school districts don't contain much actual chicken at all. Earlier...

The Fear of Opting Out

Claire Wapole | Posted 05.19.2014 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

With all the evidence supporting the uselessness of the ISAT, why did some parents still insist their kids take it? Even after being presented with the facts surrounding ISATs, some still felt that opting kids out was a really bad idea. Why were so many parents adamant that their kids take the ISAT?

WATCH: Teen Sinks Winning Basket Days After Being Shot

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.19.2014 | Sports

Any athlete will tell you that successfully recovering from injury can be a difficult prospect. Tyquone Greer may have missed that memo. Just nine ...

Solving Chicago's Economic Crisis

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.13.2014 | Chicago
Steve Siebold

The financial nightmare that's been facing Chicago seems to be getting worse. Moody's Investor Services downgraded the city's credit rating on $8.3 b...

UNO Teachers Will Vote on Union Contract

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.12.2014 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Though details of the tentative agreement have not been released, educators' priorities have been educators' priorities included the elimination of merit pay, shorter schooldays and a shorter calendar year.

What It Means to Love Your Students

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.07.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We teachers teach, because we love the kids we work with. Yes, we may complain about the kids at times, but they are the reason we stay late, bring work home, and get up early.

Here's What Happens When Teachers Are Spoken To Like School Kids

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

A bizarre video of Chicago public school teachers seemingly being addressed as though they were young children in a professional development training ...

The Power of Spoken Word Poetry

Dave Stieber | Posted 04.14.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

For the many of us fortunate enough to already know about Louder Than A Bomb or more commonly LTAB, we know that it is one of the best things that Chicago has going for it.

How These Children Use Song for Social Change

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.31.2014 | Chicago
Jacqueline Howard

A youth choir that was founded during the Civil Rights movement continues to lift every voice and bridge cultural barriers around the world as an 'ambassador' of its community.

CPS OKs 7 New Charters After Protesters Camp In Freezing Cold

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

Amid single-digit temperatures, public school supporters camped out overnight outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters to protest the district's ex...

CPS Proposing A Return To Daily Physical Education Classes

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

After long failing to meet a state mandate for daily physical education offerings, the nation's third-largest school district has proposed changing th...