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#FightForDyett: What Would You Sacrifice for a Fully Supported, Fully Public School?

Daniel Katz | Posted 09.16.2016 | Education
Daniel Katz

That in the city of Chicago in 2015 there are people who have been on hunger strike for nearly a month to simply have what their peers in the suburbs never even question -- an excellent, fully public school -- is heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time.

Jitu Brown and the Education Battleground of Chicago

Michael Elliot | Posted 09.10.2016 | Education
Michael Elliot

Jitu Brown and the Chicago activists have taken the fight to a new level. They insist that Chicago Public Schools engage with the communities they are there to serve. If CPS undertakes any further uncollaborative action, it risks not only a symbolic, but an actual, devastating response.

Poor Kids In Chicago Have More Options For Where To Go To School, But That's Not Necessarily Good

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Long gone are the days when poor children in Chicago got trapped in failing neighborhood schools. Nowadays, families from low-income neighborhoods are...

School Protesters Force Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel To Shut Down Budget Meeting

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

A group of protesters caused Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down a budget meeting on Wednesday evening after he refused to answer their questions ...

Hungry for Equitable and Quality Schools

Cristina Pacione-Zayas | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Cristina Pacione-Zayas

Known as the "Dyett 12," hunger strikers are sacrificing meals and endangering their bodies to call attention to the neglect and disinvestment of neighborhood schools with a particular focus on Walter H. Dyett High School.

Explaining a Hunger Strike to My 3 Year Old: Dyett High School- Hunger Strikes

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.20.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Yesterday my son and I took juice to the 12 parents and community members who are performing a hunger strike. They are protesting Chicago Public Schools' decision to close one of the last public schools in their neighborhood.

Chicago Mom: Rahm Emanuel Ignoring Low Income, Minority Families

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices

Chicago mom Jeanette Taylor-Ramann is fed up with the indecision over the now-closed Dyett High School, and she's calling out the leaders behind it. S...

Illinois' Geographic Rifts Grow Larger With School Spending Conflicts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.18.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Forget Democrats vs. Republicans. A brewing fight over how state government funds Illinois schools districts draws geographic battle lines that pit Ch...

I am a Dictator: A Chicago Public Schools Teacher Responds to Rauner and Claypool

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.11.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The stress that I and the rest of Chicago's teachers go through every day of the year to educate the children of this city that we love is not easy, but we do it because we know that our students matter. It is time for the politicians to do the same.

Rauner on Property Tax Freeze Bill: Illinois Should Not Be 'Dictatorship From Chicago'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.06.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a property tax freeze passed by the Illinois Senate this week is more evidence of Illinois being run as a "dictatorship from Chicago" by House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic allies in the city.

Then and Now: Innovation at the Core of the Charter Movement

Andrew Broy | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Andrew Broy

In recent years, some have begun to question the charter movement's commitment to real accountability. Some have even suggested that public charter schools are more worried about growth than ensuring that all schools deliver a consistently excellent education.

Total Overhaul: Chicago School Board Changes Leadership And Borrows Millions

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 22 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved the sale of up to $1.16 billion of bonds for its cash-strapped sch...

Desperate Chicago Schools Look To Resolve Debt Through Selling Bonds

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 20 (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools on Monday proposed selling up to $1.16 billion of bonds despite the district's falling credit ra...

Chicago Mayor Rejects State Cash Advance For Schools

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 st...

Shaw: Chicago Public Schools Officials Need to Take a Long, Hard Look in the Mirror

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.11.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Public Schools has its fair share of problems, and after the resignation of former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett following questionable contracts and a federal investigation, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association wants to see CPS take steps to right its ship.

Memorial Day Awakening- 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.17.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

An awakening . . . to summer festivities and the anticipation of warm weather and fun, picnics, a holiday - that's what Memorial Day is for most. Some will march in parades or stand on the sidelines waving flags and unwittingly support the military model of conflict resolution by violence.

Don't Let Our Kids Fall through the Cracks

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.14.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

This year, I am spending a lot of my time inside the beltway, advocating on behalf of students and families who have been traditionally underserved. ...

Chicago Public Schools Fast Facts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.12.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Using the latest available data from CPS, Illinois Report Card and the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, check out these fast facts about CPS.

Union Rights Are Fundamental to Mission of Public Schools

Brian D. Harris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Brian D. Harris

Our public institutions are strengthened, not weakened, when workers exercise their rights. I wish executives could see that a voice at work for educators fortifies the school, bringing the intellectual assets of teachers and staff to school decision-making.

Chicago Teachers Union Says Schools Probe Sign Of Bigger Problem

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, April 16 (Reuters) - The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe o...

Federal Authorities Investigating Chicago Public Schools Contract

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Federal authorities are investigating whether Chicago Public Schools improperly awarded a contract to a training academy that formerly employed the he...

Green Schoolyards Are a Win for Kids, Communities and the Environment

Carla Thompson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

Most city neighborhoods already have a local schoolyard, and it's the perfect space to be transformed into an outdoor hub -- serving students during the school day and the entire community when school isn't in session.

Not So Simple Machines

Claire Wapole | Posted 05.31.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My second grade daughter has lived through an extreme fixation on the study of simple machines at school. My sixth and eighth grade kids also studied simple machines when they were in second grade, but it involved a few worksheets and a classroom project designed to catch a leprechaun.

Why I Support Music Education

Mac Grambauer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Mac Grambauer

As budgets have been slashed and the arts have been devalued, music education has been evicted. It has been left to organizations to fill the void, so that students who might otherwise go without music education have the access and opportunity they deserve.

Don't Give Away Your Power on April 7

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 05.23.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

From now until April 7, we have the power to push both candidates to give specific answers. After you get the questions you want answered, you must take the final step and cast your ballot.