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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...

Chicago Students Protest Firing Of Teachers Labeled 'Do Not Hire'

Chicago News Cooperative | Meribah Knight | Posted 07.20.2011 | Education

After discovering last week that nearly a quarter of their teachers were being dismissed, Austin Polytechnical Academy students decided to take extrem...

Schools CFO Resigns Amid Massive Budget Shortfall

Posted 07.18.2011 | Chicago

The chief financial officer of the Chicago Public Schools has resigned, leaving the district without a CFO in a time of deep financial peril. Diana...

Illinois: Not Ready for Reform in School Facility Decisions?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.12.2011 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

At nearly every Board of Education meeting, the concerns of parents, teachers, students, and others about unsafe, inadequate facilities have been rebuffed by staff and Board members who claim there is "no money" to address their students' needs.

A Conversation With Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Lorraine Forte | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

From a journalist's standpoint, the most refreshing news to emerge from Catalyst Chicago's recent interview with incoming Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard was his promise to be transparent.

Letting Students Fail In Order To Succeed

James Dyson | Posted 07.03.2011 | Education
James Dyson

We should at least provide enough exposure to these subjects so they can consider them as career options. Students should have that choice -- too often they don't.

Rahm Talks Longer School Days, Stronger School Board At Education Nation Event

The Huffington Post | Paul Dailing | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago

Reiterating many of the themes that won over voters in February, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel spoke before a group of educators, politicians and business ...

Chicago Schools CEO Choice Shows Problem With Mayoral Control

Mike Klonsky | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

By picking Brizard without any consultation or input from the school community, Mayor-elect Emanuel has somehow managed to mire himself, his new school board, and the city in a major scandal.

With Emanuel At The Helm, Changes Ahead For Chicago Schools

Posted 06.20.2011 | Education

Change is in the air in schools across Chicago. As Rahm Emanuel prepares to officially take over as mayor, sweeping reforms are already occurring. In ...

Choosing the Right Superintendent

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

The characteristics and experience of new leaders need to match the challenges they will face. This may seem obvious. But it often doesn't happen.

Joy Resmovits

New Chicago Schools Chief Offers Two Different School Leadership Models

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education

Correction appended. Monday morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of Jean-Claude Brizard, currently the superintendent of t...

And The New CEO Of Chicago Public Schools Is...

Posted 06.18.2011 | Chicago

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is setting his sights on Chicago schools. As he prepares to tackle what will be the signature issue of his first year in offi...

Rahm Says Chicago School Days Will Get Longer

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.16.2011 | Chicago

Students in Chicago's public schools will spend an extra hour or hour and a half in school each day once new legislation makes it out of Springfield, ...

The Next CPS Chief Could Come From New York

WBEZ | Posted 06.15.2011 | Chicago

There is a press conference going on at this moment in Rochester, New York, that Chicagoans might be interested in. The superintendent of schools t...

WATCH: Daley Announces New Grants For Chinese Studies In Schools

Posted 06.11.2011 | Chicago

At a visit to a prominent architecture firm in downtown Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley announced Monday nearly half a million dollars in grants to suppo...

Chicago Public School Bans Home-Packed Lunches

Posted 06.11.2011 | Chicago

School lunches aren't what they used to be. At some city schools, ham and cheese sandwiches have been replaced with greasy pizza, burgers and french f...

After 38 Years, Is Recess Coming Back To Chicago Schools?

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.07.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Tuesday she favors having all elementary school teachers consider moving their lunch from the end of...

Yes, Rahm, People Want Change -- Stop the False Charter School Rhetoric

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Back in February, a group of CPS high-schoolers busted Rahm Emanuel's chops for making false statements about charter schools on the campaign trail. That didn't stop Rahm, though.

Emanuel Heaps Praise On Below-Average Charter School

Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago

Rahm Emanuel spoke about his plans for Chicago's schools at an all-girls charter on the Near South Side Monday. The mayor-elect promised to push for a...

No Magic Bullets, But Harvard Elementary Is Turning the Corner

Andre Cowling | Posted 05.30.2011 | Chicago
Andre Cowling

You never know when life's big moments will occur. Mine came in 2002 when I grabbed a free newspaper while waiting for a booth at MacArthur's restaurant in Chicago.

Veterans Stand Guard To Ensure Chicago Kids Get Home Safe From School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Chicago neighborhoods and schools are notorious for rampant gang violence. Last year, 700 young people fell prey to gunfire in Chicago, dozens of whic...

Chicago Schools, Police Increase Measures To Curb Youth Violence

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In the second year of a high school anti-violence initiative, Chicago Public School officials are left wondering one thing: Are these efforts working ...

Chicago's Schools, Police Work To Stem Youth Violence

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The weather is turning in Chicago. The snow has melted, and kids are beginning to spend more time outdoors. In some Chicago neighborhoods, that's dang...

Emanuel: Single-Sex High Schools Could Be The Next Big Thing

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At its core, the central question facing the Chicago Public Schools -- and schools nationwide -- is how to do what Urban Prep has done. For two yea...

On 30-Hour Weeks and the Public Pummeling of Teachers

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

Whenever I hear dismissive comments about teachers like the ones made by Mayor Daley, I think about the teachers in my graduate classes on weekday evenings.