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31 Elementary Schoolers Hospitalized With Imagined Symptoms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

First, one boy and one girl in an art classroom at Cameron Elementary in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood complained. They had itchy rashes on the...

Chicago 8th-Graders Score Near Bottom In National Science Tests

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public School eighth-graders racked up the fourth-worst science scores among 17 big-city districts to take a national science test, results re...

Food Fight: Documentary Screening Spurs School Nutrition Debate

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Last night, my little public elementary school, Nettelhorst, hosted a public screening of the powerful new documentary Lunch Line. But the real drama began after the credits rolled.

Montessori School In Englewood? CPS Will Consider It

Chicago Breaking News | Noreen S. Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A charter for a proposed elementary school in Englewood will be considered Wednesday by the Chicago Public Schools board. The Montessori School of ...

Will Guzzardi

How Deep Was Gery Chico's Connection To A Tainted Charity? | Will Guzzardi | Posted 06.23.2011 | Chicago

According to documents obtained by Huffington Post Chicago, mayoral candidate Gery Chico appears to have been closely involved with a scandal-plagued ...

An Open Letter to the City of Chicago

Phyllis Lockett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Phyllis Lockett

In a city where 45 percent of CPS students drop out, every individual decision that prevents or delays a new school from opening is an injustice.

Exceptional Charter Sends 100 Percent Of Low-Income Grads To College... Again

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For the second year in a row, an all-male charter school with students from the city's worst neighborhoods is sending its entire senior class to colle...

Real Leadership for Chicago: The Reformer v. the Players

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Among the candidates, Miguel del Valle has a unique record: decades of experience working in the trenches on the issues facing Chicago.

Civil Rights Advocate Payne Appointed CPS Chief Educator

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Interim Chicago schools chief executive Terry Mazany has appointed Charles Payne, a University of Chicago sociology professor, to the position of chief education officer.

What the South Side of Chicago Could Learn From Egypt

Anne Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Anne Sobel

The South Side has so much to offer. Yet we've allowed it to fall into decay through sheer greed and ignorance.

Rahm's Lie About Charters -- And Why It Matters

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Not only are no charters among Chicago's top-ranked high schools; not one charter is among the twelve Chicago high schools with 50 percent or more of students meeting standards.

THE COUNTDOWN: Chico Gets An iPhone App, del Valle Confronts Dropouts

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella and Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There are only 15 days remaining until the city elections. Can you believe it? Soon, we'll have a new mayor and soon after that...springtime! Yes, we ...

Education and the Economy

Christine Bork | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Bork

Investment in education is the best way to achieve faster economic growth, more jobs, greater productivity, and more widely shared prosperity. Yet many of our children are still getting a substandard education.

Parent Group Claims That CPS Wrongfully Flunks Students

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Thousands of Chicago Public School students have been unfairly flunked and forced to repeat a grade due to broken promises by CPS officials in impleme...

Rahm Emanuel Undecided On Whether Kids Will Attend Chicago Public Schools

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wants to increase teacher training programs but says he won't commit to sending his kid...

Why Do Students March Across the Street Every Day?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Well, it's not just to get to the other side. Since Monday, a handful of Advanced Placement students from Chicago's South Shore Schools of the Arts and of Technology have been marching across the street.

'King's Speech' Praised By Chicago Kids Who Stutter

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A movie about a stuttering monarch, without sex, car chases or sinewy super heroes, hardly sounds like blockbuster box-office fare. B...

Chicago Schools Serve Up Breakfast, But Not Everyone's Happy

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The food mega-giant Chartwells Thompson just won a ginormous contract from the federal government contract to provide a free breakfast to every single Chicago Public School student.

Playtime's Over: CPS To Reopen Schools On Friday

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's back to school tomorrow for over 400,000 students in Chicago, as the city's school system announced that it will reopen after back-to-back snow d...

Chicago Public Schools Snow Days: First Closures In 12 Years

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools fourth-grader Ryan Eaddy, bundled in bright pink snow gear and headed for a sledding hill, had just one word We...

High Schoolers Attack Rahm On Education Policy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A group of Chicago high school students has decided to take Rahm Emanuel to task for his education policy. Cristina Henriquez, Gerardo Aguilar, and A...

CPS Board Approves Five New Charters At Contentious Meeting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A rancorous Chicago school board meeting last night ended with the approval of five new charter schools and a new magnet school, as hundreds of reside...

Chicago Case Study: Time For A New Vision For Schools

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

Since Mayor Daley took control of Chicago schools and began appointing business-minded CEOs to head the system, the march toward a numbers-driven vision of education has been steady.

If You're Looking for Change, Rahm Is Not Your Guy

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Klonsky

Both Daley and Emanuel run with the same crowd of hedge-funders, Civic Committee patrons and profiteers who sell off to the highest bidder of every city asset that's not nailed down.

What to Expect From a New Schools CEO

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

What should a good education include? Interim schools CEO Mazany lays out a vision of high-quality learning that made no mention of high test scores, but does include teaching students to be critical thinkers.