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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...

Chicago Schools Pension Payment Impacts 1,400 Jobs

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday 1,400 jobs will be "impacted" after Illinois lawmakers failed to prov...

Chicago Mayor Rejects State Cash Advance For Schools

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 st...

Shaw: Chicago Public Schools Officials Need to Take a Long, Hard Look in the Mirror

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Public Schools has its fair share of problems, and after the resignation of former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett following questionable contracts and a federal investigation, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association wants to see CPS take steps to right its ship.

Chicago Schools Chief Resigns Amid Federal Probe

AP | Don Babwin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Public School's CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned amid a federal probe of a $20 million no-bid contract that the district ...

Memorial Day Awakening- 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.19.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

An awakening . . . to summer festivities and the anticipation of warm weather and fun, picnics, a holiday - that's what Memorial Day is for most. Some will march in parades or stand on the sidelines waving flags and unwittingly support the military model of conflict resolution by violence.

Don't Let Our Kids Fall through the Cracks

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

This year, I am spending a lot of my time inside the beltway, advocating on behalf of students and families who have been traditionally underserved. ...

Chicago Public Schools Fast Facts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.12.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Using the latest available data from CPS, Illinois Report Card and the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, check out these fast facts about CPS.

Union Rights Are Fundamental to Mission of Public Schools

Brian D. Harris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Brian D. Harris

Our public institutions are strengthened, not weakened, when workers exercise their rights. I wish executives could see that a voice at work for educators fortifies the school, bringing the intellectual assets of teachers and staff to school decision-making.

Chicago Teachers Union Says Schools Probe Sign Of Bigger Problem

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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 05.28.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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.