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Chicago Public Schools

CPS -- A Petulant Child That Feigns Never Having Heard "No" Before

Dave Stieber | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Yes, making sure a teacher is reasonably protected from the craziness that is CPS and paid fairly is still doing what is best for kids. A fair contract helps keep outstanding teachers from leaving this jacked up mayorally controlled undemocratic school system.

Chicago Public Schools Is Bleeding Out But Neither The Teachers Union Nor The Governor Will Help

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Marilyn Rhames

The other day, I woke up to the news that 292 people were shot and 51 people murdered in Chicago in the first month of the New Year. Then later...

Help Wanted: 40 Percent of School Principals in Chicago May Be About to Quit

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

If a study showed that 40 percent of the leading doctors in Chicago planned to quit their jobs within the next three years and another 20 percent of...

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

Matt Farmer | Posted 01.21.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Pay attention, principals. If Monday's Edison vote goes the way I sensed back in November that it would, you may want to think twice before suspending a kid whose parent sits on your LSC.

5 Troubling Takeaways from CPS Watchdog Report

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.15.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Chicago Public Schools' ethics watchdog recently released its annual report on investigations within CPS, focusing on issues like families lying to get their children into selective-enrollment schools.

Who Plays the Scrooge in a Chicago Public Schools Parody of 'A Christmas Carol'?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 12.21.2015 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

As a kid, I had a love-hate relationship with "A Christmas Carol," the Charles Dickens tale that plays out in black and white TV every December. I ...

Lots of Children Left Behind

Matt Farmer | Posted 12.07.2015 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The natives were restless Thursday night at Audubon Elementary School in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood. Hundreds of them -- Chicago Public Schools parents, teachers and principals -- sat shoulder-to-shoulder on folding chairs in a crowded third-floor gymnasium for a town hall meeting to discuss the financial mess that is CPS.

'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.