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CPS To Stop Blacklisting Teachers Who Fail Evaulation

Posted 09.21.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Schools are changing their policy on hiring teachers based on their performance on a single test. A scathing report in the Chica...

Inside The Elite Private School Where Mayor Emanuel's Sending His Kids

Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

Much of the first two months of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tenure has been focused on reforming Chicago's ailing public schools. But the mayor announced tod...

WATCH: Summer School Students Face 'Miserable' Classroom Temperatures

Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

As Chicagoans deal with extreme heat and humidity, many students attending summer school classes in preparation for the important ISAT tests are being...

Student Arrested And Expelled For Writing Name On Desk, Peers Seek Change

Posted 09.14.2011 | Education

A Chicago student advocacy group is fed up with its school system's zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. Voices of Youth in Chicago Education rall...

Ex-North Chicago School Officials Indicted In Kickback Scheme, $9.67 Million Sought

Posted 09.14.2011 | Home

Two former North Chicago Unit School District officials were indicted by a grand jury Thursday for allegedly receiving kickbacks totaling over $800,00...

BEYOND BROKE: CPS Could Cut School Cops To Save Money

Posted 09.04.2011 | Chicago

(Updated 7/6/2011 at 2:20 p.m. CST) For the last three years, two uniformed Chicago police officers have been stationed at each of the city's rough...

BEYOND BROKE: CPS Could Levy Big Property Tax Hike

Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

It's no secret: the Chicago Public Schools, like nearly every other governmental agency in the state of Illinois, is in a deep, deep hole. In fact,...

Brizard Can't Ignore Whittier Parents

Curtis Black | Posted 08.29.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

CPS chief Jean Claud Brizard may have thought he could carry out a preemptive strike against the Whittier Parents Committee. He couldn't.

CPS Expected To Lay Off 1,000 Teachers This Week

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

An estimated 1,000 teachers are expected to lose their job this week the Chicago Public School system struggles with a multi-million dollar budget def...

Joy Resmovits

DREAM Act A Moral, Economic Imperative, Says U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2011 | College

Despite the DREAM Act’s low likelihood for Senate passage, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for a renewed awareness of the plight of u...

Rahm, School Chief Want Teachers To Make House Calls (And Scrap Raises)

Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

In a press conference coordinated with the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO)'s announcement that their organization, which oversees a network of ...

Will Guzzardi

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Police, Parents In Standoff Outside Whittier Elementary | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel was swept into office on a popular mandate, and he made it clear from inauguration day that he would be expending a great d...

After Rejecting Teacher Raises, CPS Set To Approve Executive Pay Hikes

Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

Though they voted last week to rescind four percent pay raises for teachers and union school workers, the Chicago Board of Education today is expected...

Will Guzzardi

Whittier Parents Brace For Another Fight As CPS Gives Them Cold Shoulder | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.21.2011 | Chicago

Last fall, a group of mothers in a largely Mexican neighborhood in Chicago made national headlines in their fight to save the fieldhouse at their chil...

Report: CTU President Is Vacationing To Hawaii Amid Negotiations

Posted 08.17.2011 | Chicago

Karen Lewis may well be regretting the timing of her rumored upcoming vacation. Michael Sneed, the ever-astute gossip columnist at the Chicago Sun-...

In Unanimous Vote, Chicago Board Of Ed Rescinds Raise For Teachers

Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday to rescind a four-percent pay raise that teachers were expecting this year. The vote ...

Educating Beyond Poverty

Tim King | Posted 06.20.2011 | Education
Tim King

We credit our ability to keep significantly more students than other schools to our engaging and unique positive school culture.

As the School Year Ends, What Mattered?

Gregory Michie | Posted 08.10.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

Every time I reflect on the year that just ended, I find myself asking the same questions: What had we learned in our ten months together? What would I hold on to? What mattered?

Temperatures In CPS Classroom Top 90 Degrees During Heat Wave

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 08.09.2011 | Chicago

Despite two fans and drawn shades, the temperature soared to 93 degrees in teacher Jennifer Johnson's Lincoln Park High classroom Wednesday, just as h...

Another Marshall Plan

Matt Farmer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Ron Huberman gutted Marshall last year as part of another CPS "turnaround." Tony Skokna was handed a pink slip, his 17 years at Marshall presumably viewed by Huberman as part of the school's problem.

Emanuel's $75 Million In School Cuts Could Mean Longer Bus Rides, Dirtier Schools

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 08.02.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools students will have longer bus rides and schools that are half-empty will be dirtier -- thanks to $75 million in "non-classroom"...

Some Illinois Public School Teachers Earning Six-Figure Salaries, But Not Many

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.31.2011 | Chicago

Want to wind up making at least six figures as a public school teacher? Send your resume to Highland Park or Deerfield High School, both in Townshi...

Will Guzzardi

Suspensions Rescinded For Students Who Walked Out, Protesting Teacher Firings | Will Guzzardi | Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

The principal at Austin Polytechnical Academy in a struggling West Side neighborhood of Chicago has rescinded the suspensions of 36 students who walke...

Will Guzzardi

Brizard Officially Begins Top Job, With Pay Raise | Will Guzzardi | Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

Jean-Claude Brizard began his first official day of work as the Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools on Thursday, after winning appoi...

New Guidelines Encourage Schools To Bring Back Recess

Posted 07.24.2011 | Chicago

As has been said repeatedly in recent weeks and months, Chicago's public schools have the fewest instructional hours per school year of any major dist...