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Chicago Public School Students Walk Out Of Class, Protest Funding Cuts

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

About 300 Chicago Public Schools students walked out of class this morning and headed to the district's headquarters to hold a protest of school fundi...

Chicago Public Schools Get A Nutrition Makeover: Out With Pop-Tarts, In With Whole Grains

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Beginning in June, meals served in Chicago Public Schools will have more whole grains, less sodium and no Pop-Tarts or doughnuts under new nutrition s...

Chicago Violence Affects Us All

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

My friend Reggis Washington was the latest Chicago Public Schools student to be killed as a result of gun violence.

On Budget, Time to Take On the Chicago Teachers Union

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

The Chicago Teachers Union is willing to sacrifice 2,700 of its members -- thereby forcing its remaining teachers to lead classes of over 30 -- in order to preserve a 4 percent pay hike.

CPS: Teacher Compensation Tied To Scores Delivers Few Results

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After failing to win the first round of grants, the State of Illinois applied Wednesday for a second round of federal Race to the Top funds. The $4 b...

Ron Huberman, Other CPS Bureaucrats Take Raises As Schools Make Big Sacrifices

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the past few weeks, Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman has called on parents, teachers, students, central office bureaucrats, and ordinary tax...

Please Hold for Mr. Duncan...

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

If I knew back in January 2008 what I know now, I never would have picked up the phone to call Arne Duncan. I probably would have dialed his wife or his mother instead.

CPS Layoffs: Bo Ellis, Star Of Marquette Championship Basketball Team, Fired From Chicago Schools

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Marquette University basketball star Maurice "Bo" Ellis is among six Chicago Public School sports administrators to be out of a job after a wav...

Board Of Ed Employees Fired In CPS Clout List Scandal

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Deficit-driven downsizing in the office of Chicago's new School Board president has claimed Greg Minniefield, an aide subpoenaed in the federal invest...

CPS: Huberman Touts Results Of School Anti-Violence Initiative

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman announced the results of a $60 million anti-violence campaign, which he described as "very positive." Pilot p...

FED UP: Teachers, Students Take To The Streets To Protest Budget Cuts As Execs Take Raises

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The fate of many state programs now lies in the hands of Governor Pat Quinn. After threatening to chop $1.3 billion from the education budget if a tax...

David Pickens Resigns After Arne Duncan CPS Clout List Surfaced

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Just days after he surfaced as the man who kept a secret clout-heavy list of school applicants for then-schools CEO Arne Duncan, David Pickens has res...

Chicago Public Schools: Voucher Program Approved By Senate For City's Worst Schools

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate today approved legislation creating a small-scale voucher program that would provide money for 22,000 students at ...

Chicago Public Schools Dodges A Budget Bullet -- For Now

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

By shortchanging teacher pensions, is Chicago Public Schools simply creating a bigger mess down the road?

CPS To Ditch Nachos, Doughnuts, Pop-Tarts In Major Nutritional Overhaul

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago public schools plan to ditch their daily nacho service in high school and get rid of doughnuts and Pop-Tarts for breakfast as part of a major ...

Arne Duncan's CPS CLOUT List: Local Pols Called On Duncan For Favors

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For all the struggles of the Chicago Public Schools, there are a few bright spots in the district. In particular, the city's magnet and selective-enro...

Mayor Daley Against Four Day School Weeks

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard Daley today came out against the idea of cutting the school week back to four days, calling it a step in the wrong direction as the city...

Chicago Schools: 8th-Graders Show No Improvement In Reading Scores, 4th-Graders Creep Up

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Despite the mantra from Mayor Daley to focus on reading, Chicago's eighth-grade reading scores haven't really budged since 2002 on a key national test...

Chicago Public Schools: Principals' Clout Limited As Aldermen Admit To Lobbying

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Getting in to one of Chicago's magnet or selective public high schools -- the most elite public schools in the city -- is never easy. Except, that is,...

Documents Show CPS Could See 37-Student Classrooms, Loss Of Non-Varsity Sports, Teacher Layoffs

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman Monday briefed principals on the grim possibility of class sizes of 37 kids, no non-varsity sports, and cutbacks in a...

Public Education Reform: Still Separate But Not Equal in 2010

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamara N. Holder

America's public school system is in shambles, and the poorest kids are the only ones underneath the rubble. Now, it is the duty of the administration to fix America's destroyed public education system.

Foreign Language Classes Face Cuts As Chicago Public Schools Seeks Savings

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Elementary-age kids would no longer have a chance to learn a foreign language at their neighborhood public school under a decision to dump "world lang...

A Chicago Public Schools Food Fight

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Reggio's Pizza, a minority-owned pizza company, is the latest victim of the Chicago Public Schools' budget crisis.

CPS Replacing 80 Principals At Struggling Chicago Schools

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Eighty principals -- some of them only a year or two into their contracts -- will be replaced to shape up chronically-under-performing Chicago Public ...

Chicago Public Schools Grade Inflation: Hyde Park Academy Raised 2,000 Grades

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Sun-Times reports Thursday that the schools inspector general has launched an investigation into the grade hikes at more than 30 schools,...