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UNO Teachers Will Vote on Union Contract

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.12.2014 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Though details of the tentative agreement have not been released, educators' priorities have been educators' priorities included the elimination of merit pay, shorter schooldays and a shorter calendar year.

What It Means to Love Your Students

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.07.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We teachers teach, because we love the kids we work with. Yes, we may complain about the kids at times, but they are the reason we stay late, bring work home, and get up early.

Here's What Happens When Teachers Are Spoken To Like School Kids

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

A bizarre video of Chicago public school teachers seemingly being addressed as though they were young children in a professional development training ...

The Power of Spoken Word Poetry

Dave Stieber | Posted 04.14.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

For the many of us fortunate enough to already know about Louder Than A Bomb or more commonly LTAB, we know that it is one of the best things that Chicago has going for it.

How These Children Use Song for Social Change

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.31.2014 | Chicago
Jacqueline Howard

A youth choir that was founded during the Civil Rights movement continues to lift every voice and bridge cultural barriers around the world as an 'ambassador' of its community.

CPS OKs 7 New Charters After Protesters Camp In Freezing Cold

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

Amid single-digit temperatures, public school supporters camped out overnight outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters to protest the district's ex...

CPS Proposing A Return To Daily Physical Education Classes

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

After long failing to meet a state mandate for daily physical education offerings, the nation's third-largest school district has proposed changing th...

Nation's Third-Largest School District Will Shrink Its HQ

Posted 12.18.2013 | Chicago

In the same year it shuttered more than 50 schools, the nation's third-largest school district is shrinking its headquarters in a money-saving move. ...

Nation's Third-Largest School District Adds Computer Science As Core Subject

Posted 12.10.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Public School district is elevating computer science from an elective to part of its K-12 core curriculum while simultaneously laying grou...

What Is Actually Going On In Chicago Classrooms?

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Devion Allen peers wistfully through a door window at the school he used to attend. Those who live outside his gritty, violence-plagu...

'Englewood! Those Kids Are Animals'

Dave Stieber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

These kids, my kids that are labeled as thugs, gang bangers, and criminals have made the toughest point in my life easier.

Birth, Life, Death Reminds Me Why It's Time for Some Personal Rebooting

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

There's nothing like a little birth, life and death close to you to make you introspective. I've been experiencing it all lately, so bear with me, please while I indulge one of those introspective moods.

@home's Latest Webisode: Youth Homelessness in Chicago

Mark Horvath | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

More than 1.35 million children are expected to experience homelessness in the United States in a given year, representing 39% of America's homeless p...

Chicago School Closings a Blow to Parental Involvement?

Lorraine Forte | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Journalists are often criticized for supposedly focusing on "bad news" and ignoring the positive. Yet in reality, we're happy to report good news -- if the evidence backs it up.

Five Strategies for Leadership Development on Religious Diversity

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

Cultural awareness, cultural competence, global leadership and cross-cultural communication are embraced as the tools of the market place of the future. What accounts for this black hole of information on diverse religions?

Ranking CPS Schools: It's Easy as 1-2-3

Matt Farmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The numbers are in, the spreadsheets have been released, and CPS parents now know whether their kids are currently attending Level 1, 2 or 3 schools. Whatever that means.

Take our Poll: Capitol Doors -- Sound Investment or Insane Boondoggle?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin is a staunch defender of the state Capitol refurbishing project that cost more than $50 million and included historically correct copper doors that cost $670,000.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bruce Rauner

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What kind of watch does a man as wealthy as Bruce Rauner wear? It's among our Fun Facts for the Chicago venture capitalist-turned-gubernatorial candidate.

What 'Family Values' Really Look Like in Action

Debra Pickett | Posted 11.24.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

There are things about the safe, rural community where we now live that could not, of course, be replicated in our hometown of Chicago. But there are many, many that could. Quite easily.

Darwin's Musical Evolution

Matt Farmer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

For many years, Darwin Elementary School had no music program. Despite the district's budget cuts and heavy focus on standardized test scores, Principal Segovia decided his kids needed music.

Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

Capitol Doors: Boondoggle, Investment or Symptom?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It seems like there are only two people who are happy about the shiny new $680,000 doors on the State Capitol: the architect overseeing the project and former Gov. Jim Thompson.

City Schools Are Broke But Can't Be Broken

Lauren Boyle | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Lauren Boyle

Philly and Chicago adults who are invested in public education in some way are stressed. Can you imagine, however, how the children feel?

Reflections on the Anniversary of the Chicago Teachers Strike

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

The strike lasted seven days. Seven days of marching. Seven days of organizing parents. Seven days of laughter. Seven days of tears.

Thirty Minutes Tops

Claire Wapole | Posted 11.03.2013 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My kids have just slightly over four waking non-school hours to call their own. As a parent, I really cannot cover everything I want my kids to learn from me in the four hours I have them at home.