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Paul Vallas: Not Running For Chicago Mayor, Developing School Model For Haiti

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, who has been superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana in New Orleans since 2007, is ...

There's Trouble Brewing in Bedford Falls

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Giving Mayor Daley more power over our schools is a bad idea.

Meeks' CPS Plans Strip School Councils Of Principal Selection

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Hundreds of parent-led local school councils would be stripped of the critical power to pick principals under a bill introduced this week by the Rev. ...

A View From the Cot

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

During third period your mind wanders. You wonder if you're the only kid in your class who is living in a homeless shelter.

An Illegitimate Response to Chicago's Youth Violence

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Petro

A Manhattan Institute writer argues that any money spent on social services will be wasted until poor, black Chicagoans stop the prevalence of "unwed pregnancy" and the "culture of illegitimacy."

Chicago Board of Education Employee Credit Cards Canceled During Spending Investigation

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The credit cards of 89 Chicago Board of Education employees have been yanked in the midst of an investigation into questionable spending by the last t...

Mayor Daley: Failing Chicago Schools A 'Major Achievement'?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CBS reporter Mike Flannery proved this week that you can learn a lot by riding alongside Mayor Daley in his town car for a while--like the fact that t...

Illinois Vaults to the Head of the Class in Race to the Top Competition

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

When Congress passed the stimulus, it gave Arne Duncan discretionary money to reward outside-of-the-box thinking. In response to the challenge, Illinois leaders have done what we've forgotten they could: rise to it.

Lapoleon Colbert: Fifth Teen Charged In Beating Death Of Fenger Student

Chicago Breaking News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A fifth teen has been charged in the beating death of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert, authorities said tonight. Lapoleon Colbert, 19, wa...

Chicago Public Schools Face Massive Shakeups: 14 Schools Affected

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Storied Phillips High -- where Nat "King" Cole once walked the halls -- and basketball powerhouse Marshall High School are among 14 Chicago public sch...

Three Cheers for Shop Class

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Auto shop, wood shop, metal shop -- all horrors of a certain segment of the high school population. Let's face it, shop class never got much respect.

I'd Love To Talk To You, But There's An Ongoing Investigation

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The Chicago Board of Education's reimbursement process has been shrouded in mystery ever since Michael Scott used his board credit card to take his wife to Copenhagen for the Olympic bash.

Diversity Is Great, But It Won't Save Chicago's Public Schools

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

CPS CEO Ron Huberman knows there is very little racial or economic diversity in our public schools. There is also very little Huberman and his team can do about that.

All the News That's Fit to Print

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

By reporting the facts, we can, as a society, stop what is really causing young inner city girls to believe that their economic worth extends no further than child assistance checks.

Seven Solutions to End School Violence

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

The problem of kids killing each other is not unsolvable. But it is not a problem that the mayor, aldermen, police officers and, least of all, the president will solve.

Duncan: School Reform Not Related To Surge In Teen Violence

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday pledged federal support to fight a surge in youth v...

Huberman Wants To Give Fewer CPS Teachers Tenure

Chicago Public Radio | Jennifer Lacey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman is floating a few ideas for how to improve teacher quality. He says fewer third year teachers should be gran...

Michael Scott, Ally and Protector of The Invisible Ones

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

We can only hope that those who knew Michael Scott will continue his quest to educate, protect and uplift the invisible ones who live among us.

CPS Plan Calls For Kinder, Gentler Disciplinarians

Catalyst Chicago | Sarah Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Arne Duncan does not want to hear that any of the moves he made as CEO have anything to do with a spike in violence in schools....

Neighborhood School Carver Will Be Opened To Some Fenger Students Following Derrion Albert's Death

Chicago Breaking News | Azam Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools announced today it will open enrollment at a South Side military academy for students who no longer want to attend Fenger High ...

Derrion Albert, Renaissance 2010, Olympics 2016 and the Breakfast Club

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

When I was a pastor on the West Side I found myself in the middle of rioting students on more than one occasion. What happened? Since the riots weren't caught on video, we didn't get any help from the White House.

Dan, Want to Prove You're a Leader? Push Pat on Education

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Despite Quinn's bungling, Hynes hasn't really been able to gain much traction: he's trailing by 26 points in a recent Tribune poll. The only issues Hynes has addressed at length are budget-related.

Obama's Election: Destiny Called

Charles Madigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Charles Madigan

It sounds arrogant--"I'm going to find a new way to write about politics" -- but that was my objective with Destiny Calling: How the People Elected Barack Obama. A new kind of history was being written.

Economic Tier Scheme for CPS Selective Enrollment Schools: Go Back to the Drawing Board

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

I cannot imagine the Dickensian horror city parents today go through to get their kids into decent schools. Now Chief Mathemagician Ron Huberman plans to select enrollment to these schools based on family income.

CPS Appointing Health Czar

Chicago Tribune | Judith Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools officials plan to appoint a chief medical officer, a new cabinet level position that will oversee efforts to improve students' ...