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Ed Today: Chicago Public School Closure List Out; More SOTU Preschool Details

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chicago School Drama? Two notable things happened in Chicago Public Schools land on Wednesday. First, 39 or 50 aldermen (code for city councilmen) signed a resolution that calls for a moratorium on charter schools next year. (Sort of similar, ish, to the closure and colocation moratorium several New York City mayoral candidates signed onto.) More controversially, CPS released a list of 129 schools that could be eligible for closure, notes the Chicago Tribune..

129 Schools Named To Preliminary CPS Closure List

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Two days ahead of the release of a preliminary list of Chicago Public Schools that are slated to be closed, Alderman Proco "Joe" More...

CPS: All Testing, All the Time

Claire Wapole | Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

Continuously requiring children to prep and sit for standardized tests is not the same at teaching them. What's more, the scores derived from all those tests do not give the school board an adequate picture of any child, struggling or exceeding.

Every Student Is Capable

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif The first day that we walked in the classroom we realized that our job would not be easy. Half of the students were absent while many others were walking in late or walking out during the middle of the class.

Charter School Transcends Demographics and Resurrects Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the Academy for Global Citizenship's Sarah Elizabeth Ippel - the core of her amazing efforts have developed into a learning lab for broader systemic change in the community.

Lasting Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Robert Koehler

No one "in charge" has a commitment to actual, holistic change -- you know, to the creation of a lasting peace -- because, whatever that might mean, it would be asking too much. What we need is transformation.

The Crisis in Chicago

Chris Williams | Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

This may be easier said than done, but an effort must be made on all fronts by those in power to prevent more senseless deaths. Enough is enough. Too many black children have died. It is time to end this madness once and for all.

Mr. Stieber, Protests Aren't on the MAP Test!

Dave Stieber | Posted 04.07.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Educators all across the country have been saying for years that these tests are a waste of educational time. The tests are often flawed, they are expensive for the district, and they decrease the students desire to attend school.

A Misguided Civil Rights Movement?

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 02.04.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overh...

Digital Exclusion in the Chicago Public Schools

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.03.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Technology is great when it is used to connect people, but can be detrimental when used for its own sake. It's even more dangerous when it is used to exclude people who already feel ignored.

Testing Kills the Joy of Teaching and Learning

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Since NCLB was first implemented, there has not been a moment of reflection for policy makers to determine if these tests are in any way improving teaching and learning. This sorely needed reflection can start by visiting a classroom.

Tensions Boil Over At CPS School Closure Hearing

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Tensions were high at a Monday Chicago Public Schools hearing on school closures as community members loudly voiced their opposition to CPS shuttering...

CPS Email Directs Parents To 'Naughty' Erotic Website

Posted 01.25.2013 | Chicago

A number of parents of Chicago Public Schools students got a surprise on Thursday when an e-mail intended to inform them of changes to the Illinois St...

Touring 'Half-Empty' CPS Schools

WBEZ | Posted 01.22.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Public School leaders say 137 of their schools are sitting half-empty—with way too few students. When they talk about closing schools to mak...

CPS High Schools Safe From Closures List Chopping Block

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Several Chicago Public Schools are breathing a sigh of relief after education officials announced high schools would be spared from the list of school...

Duncan: You Can't Teach Kids Scared Of Being Killed

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 01.17.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Too many students worry more about being killed by a gun than learning in the classroom, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Thursda...

Back in the Classroom, Testing Is As Bad As I Thought -- and Worse

Gregory Michie | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
Gregory Michie

The teachers at Garfield and Ballard have done what a lot of teachers have wanted to do. They've stood up -- together -- and said no. Now the rest of us have to ask ourselves: Who's next?

Police: 13-Year-Old Arrested For Bringing Gun, Ammo To School

Posted 01.11.2013 | Chicago

John Marsh Elementary School students on Chicago's Southeast Side waited in the rain Friday morning to file through the school's single metal detector...

Panel To CPS: Don't Close Any High Schools

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A commission charged with helping the Chicago public school system decide which schools...

We Can Do Better. We Must Do Better

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 02.27.2013 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

While I'm more than willing to join the conversation about stronger gun control laws and increased funding for mental health services, I believe that our problems won't be solved by addressing these issues only.

3 Teachers, Union Sue CPS Alleging Racial Discrimination

Posted 12.27.2012 | Chicago

Three African-American teachers filed suit Wednesday against the Chicago Board of Education Wednesday alleging that the district's school turnaround p...

Joravsky on Rahm: "And He Wonders Why No One Trusts Him"

Barbara Popovic | Posted 02.25.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Does Mayor Emanuel already know what schools he wants to close in March? The Reader's Ben Joravsky thinks he does. And WBEZ's Achy Obejas thinks that there's not going to be much movement on gun regulation.

To a Happier New Financial Year: Smart Decision-Making Begins in the Classroom

Nan Morrison | Posted 02.25.2013 | Education
Nan Morrison

In a world of ever-increasing market complexity and individual responsibility, financial literacy is more essential than ever.

'Secret' CPS School Closing Doc Discovered Amid Fight Over Charters

Posted 12.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration are clashing once again over looming Chicago Public School closure...

Teachers Union Mocks Mayor In Satirical 'Fat Cats' Video

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

The Chicago Teachers Union is out with an incendiary video targeting city officials through a made-up scary cartoon bedtime story called "The Fat Cats...