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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...

After 43-Day Sit-In, Parents Get The Best Of CPS

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Wednesday night, for the first time in 43 days, the front door of La Casita was locked. The lights were turned off; the building was empty. A sit-...

Political Will

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Whether your state is red, blue, or some shade in between, no matter. Vote on November 2nd. And when you do, be sure to vote for the people who are putting kids first.

Principal Accused Of Paying Students For Tips On School Gangs

CBS 2 Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gangs long have been a problem in the Northwest Side neighborhood that feeds into Carl Schurz High School. But the principal had an unorthodox way ...

Chicago Schools Use 'Risk Model' To Predict Student Violence

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In Chicago, school officials have created a "risk model" to predict which students are likely to be the victims of gun violence. NBC Nightly News sat...

Principals Can't Go It Alone

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

If all principals had a customizable blueprint and an army of loyal parent-soldiers, we could see real systemic change.

CPS Gives In To Whittier Parents

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Protesting parents at a Pilsen elementary school have reached a deal with the city after a month-long standoff. The group of mothers that has staged ...

Kicking the Can Down the Road -- Mayor Daley's Final Budget Proposal

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

The Mayor delivered his budget address October 13, and he kicked the can to his successor. Once again the parking meter lease proceeds served as a convenient piggy bank.

CPS Promises Library To Protesting Parents, But Will They Follow Through?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman has proposed a deal to build a library at Whittier Dual Language Elementary School, and keep its fieldhouse fr...

Report: In Illinois, A 36 Percent Gap In Graduation Rates Between Black And White Males

Catalyst Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A report released today reveals a 36 percent gap in the high school graduation rates between black and white males in Illinois. In Chicago public scho...