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Emanuel's New Campaign Slogan: I'll Hammer Teachers

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Klonsky

Rahm's solution to the city's growing educational woes after 15 years of mayoral control of the schools: Fire thousands of teachers, increase class size, make those remaining work longer hours.

New CPS Chief: Too Much Testing, Not Enough Teaching

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Though he only plans to stay on as head of the Chicago Public Schools for six months, interim CEO Terry Mazany laid out a dramatically different cours...

Chicago Charter Schools: 1 In 10 Students Transfer Out

Catalyst Chicago | By Sarah Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's almost 8:21 a.m. at Gary Comer College Prep Charter, nearly a minute after the morning bell. On this sunny day, Principal James Troupis stands in...

South Shore High, Once Futuristic, Now Set For Demolition

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

South Shore High School, hailed by school officials as the "most advanced high school in the United States" when it opened in 1969, will be demolished...

Chicago Public Schools Investigated: Misspending, Use Of Clout Discovered

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An investigation has led to the discovery of lavish spending by two former presidents of the Chicago Board of Education, all while schools faced a se...

'That's Weird, Grandma'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Kids can be quite clever, and if you need proof, you still have three more chances to check out "That's Weird, Grandma" at the Neo-Futurarium. Barrel...

Ron Huberman To Leave CPS By November 29

Chicago Sun-Times | South Africa Travel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman will resign his $230,000-a-year-job effective Nov. 29 in a departure hastened by Mayor Daley, City Hall source...

Should Voters Elect The Next Chicago Public Schools Board?

Progress Illinois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Hoping to capitalize on the upcoming change in leadership at City Hall, a coalition of Chicago teachers, community organizations, and parents are call...

Seventh-Grader DIES At School After Allergic Reaction

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It was the last day before winter break at Edison Regional Gifted Center, a selective school in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood that's one of the s...

Rahm Emanuel Calls For Longer School Days

Chicago News Cooperative | DAN MIHALOPOULOS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel called for longer school days in Chicago schools during a visit Wednesday to a charter school on the Southwest Side. I...

Chicago's Mayoral Candidates Duke It Out on Education

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Education reform will take leadership from the top, but ultimately it's our collective responsibility to wrap our arms around our schools, and make them the heart of our communities.

Epic Miscalculation Has Illinois Teachers Unions in the Crosshairs

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Legislative leaders in Springfield are readying a mammoth education reform package aimed primarily at curtailing the power of the state's teachers unions, a shocking turn of events.

UPDATE: Arne Duncan Meets New NYC Schools Chief Cathie Black

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

NEW YORK — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that incoming New York City schools Chancellor Cathie Black "has the potential to ...

If I Ran the Schools

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

There is a new trend in education and frankly, I don't like it. Unfortunately, you don't have to be an educator to be at the helm of an educational ...

Hooray for Healthy Lunches!

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

When it comes to health and wellness initiatives, Nettelhorst, my neighborhood's public elementary school, has moved mountains.

Whittier School Students Keep Fighting For A Library

Gapers Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The parents of students at Whittier Dual Language School have been fighting for seven years to get a library built for the school. They learned about ...

Derrion Albert, 1 Year Later: Student's Death Brought National Attention To CPS Violence

Chicagoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It was a heinous act of violence, one captured on video, shown around the county (and the world), and one that was sadly symbolic of the violence Chic...

Terry Mazany Named Interim CPS Chief

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Anticipating the retirement of Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has announced an interim head of the city's school...

Illinois SAT Scores DROP In All Subjects

Chicago Tribune | September 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Average SAT scores in Illinois dropped across all subjects for the class of 2010, but there was good news too: The graduates showed they could outwrit...

'Oral History Project' Takes An Inside Look At Chicago Classrooms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In popular culture, American teachers are sometimes idealized as the visionaries portrayed in films, quickly able to turn around the lives of troubled...

Glitter Falling off Mayoral Control of Schools in Chicago

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

With Chicago's schools in a state of leaderless limbo, the problems of having a single autocrat running big-city school systems have become obvious to all.

Private Company Will Manage New CPS High School

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

About 300 high-school freshmen will begin classes next week at the newly built Eric Solorio Academy. It's the first public high school named after a p...

Chicago Instructor Uses Shakespeare To Teach English

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Students from some of Chicago's most at-risk schools are expanding their vocabularies by going back to the basics: performing plays by William Shakesp...

Ill. Schools: Mediocre Student Scores Are OK

Chicago Tribune | Diane Rado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Thousands of Illinois schools are like mediocre students: Most of their pupils are passing -- but not distinguishing themselves -- on state achievemen...

Is Arne Duncan's School 'Turnaround' Plan Working?

GOOD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Does Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's "turnaround" school-reform model work? News from one of Duncan's first turnaround schools, William T. Sherma...