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For Teachers, More Time for Teamwork

Teach Plus | Posted 06.03.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

As CPS prepares to extend both the school day and school year, I question the potential impact on professional learning and sharing. Will the full day schedule be flexible enough to allow for collaboration?

School Suspension Policy in Chicago Brutal, Unfair

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a report on school equity issues that revealed that minority stu­dents face "much harsher discipline" than whites in our public schools.

School Board, Teachers Union Agree On Payment Model For Teachers With Longer Days

Posted 03.29.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union inked a deal with Chicago Public Schools Wednesday night that will temporarily stay the battle over extending the school da...

CPS Projects $700M Budget Deficit

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools once again faces big budget woes -- this time a projected $700 million shortfall in 2013. The board met Wednesday morning to...

On the Outside Looking In

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.21.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

On February 28, WGN-TV named Octavia Sansing-Rhodes of Herzl Elementary their "Teacher of the Month." It came just six days after CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard effectively fired her, along with everybody else who works at Herzl.

Long on Class Time, Short on Answers

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.13.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

If Jennifer Cheatham, the Chief Instruction Officer for Chicago Public Schools, were an NBA team, she'd undoubtedly have a lousy road record.

Affirmative Action for School Reformers?

Dean Baker | Posted 05.12.2012 | Education
Dean Baker

The rich and powerful have lined up firmly on the side of school reform, which is defined as a system where teachers lack job security and standardized testing becomes all-important.

Does Teacher Incentive Program Work? Report Shows No Student Improvement

Posted 03.09.2012 | Chicago

A four-year pilot program in Chicago's Public Schools that focused on increasing teachers' access to self-improvement programs was recently evaluated ...

What Value Is Added by Publicly Shaming Teachers?

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

We've already created a climate where good, hard-working educators feel justifiably discouraged and unjustly maligned. The irresponsible use of value-added models will only make things worse.

Joseph Erbentraut

Study: Minority Students Face Harsher Discipline, Fewer Options

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.06.2012 | Chicago

In Chicago public schools, black students receive harsher punishments for in-school infractions than white students, a fact that mirrors a nationwide ...

Grading Schools, Failing Schools

Tim King | Posted 05.06.2012 | Education
Tim King

Closing schools is a decision with far-reaching consequences that shouldn't be undertaken for the credibility of any particular movement, but only as a final measure in support of undeserved students.

Mend Fences, Build Better Schools for Chicago

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Chicago Public Schools may feel an unprecedented effort was made this year to reach out regarding turnarounds. However, while Mayor Emanuel has a point when he says the protests are "noise associated with change," that's not the whole story.

Teachers Union: Students Devastated By School Closures

Posted 02.29.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union has been opposed to planned school closures and turnarounds since they were first proposed, arguing that the move would unf...

CPS CEO Denies Rev. Jackson's 'Educational Apartheid' Claim

Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took to the pulpit, literally, on Sunday to respond to the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago Teachers Unio...

An 'Education Apartheid'?

Posted 02.23.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday to close, phaseout or otherwise overhaul 17 Chicago Public Schools following hours of impas...

Experienced Teachers Are a School's Best Resource

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Last year CPS made 930 layoffs and teachers at schools with a higher-than-average percentage of African-American or low-income students were twice as likely to lose their jobs.

Board To Vote On CPS School Closings, Turnarounds

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education is slated to vote Wednesday on its plan to close, phaseout or "turnaround" some 17 of the city's Chicago Public Schools...

WATCH: Protesters Take School Closure Protest To Rahm's House

Posted 02.21.2012 | Chicago

Parents, teachers and community members opposed to school closures gathered outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home Monday evening, holdi...

Protesters End Sit-In At CPS School Slated For 'Turnaround'

Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story A group of Chicago parents, students and activists on Friday began a sit-in inside, as well as an encampment outside, a West Side ele...

Chicago Teacher Sues For The Right To Say N-Word In Class

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

Lincoln Brown, a 48-year-old Chicago Public Schools teacher, has filed a federal lawsuit against the district after being suspended without pay for fi...

The Board of Education's Circus Act Doesn't Help Kids

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.16.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

The December 14th takeover of the Chicago Board of Education meeting by parents and educators was at the first meeting after CPS announced its desire to "turnaround" ten schools. Immediately following, there was blowback from the mainstream media.

CPS Sick Day Crackdown Ahead

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Next week, Chicago Public Schools will present a revised sick day policy for its non-union employees aimed at bringing to an end the controversial pay...

It's About Time: 3 Ways to Use the Extended Day Wisely

Teach Plus | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

By next school year, all Chicago Public Schools will be required to add more minutes of instruction to their school day -- taking the district from having one of the shortest school days in the country to one of the longest.

School Reform Efforts Show Mixed Results

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

Chicago elementary schools that underwent various reform efforts since 1997 improved during the first four years of intervention, but still lagged beh...

The End of a Segregated Century?

Angela Caputo | Posted 04.09.2012 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

Last week, the Manhattan Institute released a report that suggests Chicago is less segregated than it was a decade ago. When I drive through the Near North Side, it sure appears to be true.