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A Good Evening Spoiled

Claire Wapole | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 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 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.

When the Cruelty Comes From Our Kids

Alana Baum | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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 ...