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Chicago School Closings

Martin Luther King, Teachers' Unions and Social Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2017 | Education
Yohuru Williams

This Martin Luther King Holiday, we need to be mindful of what public school educators are telling us about the state of our schools and by extension, our children and our democracy. "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

These Chicago Protesters Have Been Starving Themselves For 34 Days

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2015 | Black Voices

For the past month, the same eight Chicago protesters have spent their days in front of Walter H. Dyett High School, a once-bustling but now vacant in...

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.

Feds Investigating Possible Civil Rights Violations At Chicago Schools

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into alleged discrimination taking place at two public schools located on Chicago's Sou...

Rebecca Klein

How Two Of America's Biggest Cities Are Short-Changing Low-Income Students | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

In recent years, the public education systems in Philadelphia and Chicago have seen mass personnel layoffs, school closures and frequent budget crises...

The National Guard, Mayor Rahm and the Ivy at Wrigley Field

Evan F. Moore | Posted 09.10.2014 | Chicago
Evan F. Moore

Many of the people in our city's disenfranchised neighborhoods do not believe that the mayor has their best interests at heart.

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.

Forget School Supply Drives; Chicago Schools Need Toilet Paper

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

In some cash-strapped Chicago schools, no resource can be taken for granted -- not even toilet paper. Nicholas Sposato, alderman of Chicago’s 36...

Family Fighting To Keep Olympic Legend's Name On School

Posted 08.23.2013 | Chicago

As Chicago Public Schools endures a PR nightmare over parent protests, "safe passage" violence and budget woes, the district continued its spiral when...

CPS Looks To Open More Charter Schools After Closing 50 Public Ones

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

Chicago recently shut down 50 of its schools in the largest single wave of public school closures in history. So why is the city now trying to open mo...

49 Schools Closed, Now What?

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Edelberg

In the midst of the current finger-pointing, vitriol, political might and gut-wrenching sadness surrounding Chicago's impending school closures, one might easily conclude that the fate of education is beyond our control. It is not.

How the ALEC Agenda Forced Chicago's School Closings

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Chicago
C. Robert Gibson

Many school systems, like those in Chicago, are funded through property taxes. This obviously leads to schools in wealthier neighborhoods having more resources than schools in poorer neighborhoods, like the ones Rahm Emanuel closed this year.

Judge: CPS Can Proceed With Mass School Shutdown Plan

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) - An Illinois judge on Wednesday allowed Chicago to proceed with the closing of 50 publi...

$20 Million Chicago Schools Contract Raises Questions

Lorraine Forte | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Quietly and without public fanfare, the Chicago Board of Education recently awarded a contract to a small for-profit company that CPS officials say is the best bet to provide high-quality training for principals and mid-level administrators.

WATCH: Former Bush Cabinet Member Talks Education's Greatest Problems, Solutions

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact

At a time when there exists an unequal distribution of high-quality teachers and public school closures are being labeled as human rights violations, ...

UN Encouraged To Take Action After Chicago School Closures

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.26.2013 | Chicago

A Midwest human rights group is concerned that school closures in Chicago could result in human rights violations -– and they want the United Nation...

CPS Budget Outlook Not Good Despite Cuts, School Closings

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago

By Brendan O'Brien July 24 (Reuters) - Chicago's public schools on Wednesday forecast a record $1 billion fiscal 2014 budget deficit d...

Emperor Arne Has No Clothes

Matt Farmer | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

It was an "emperor has no clothes" moment in public education, and it took place on July 18 in a federal courtroom in Chicago. The "emperor" in question was none other than Arne Duncan.

Hearing On CPS School Closing Lawsuits Begins

Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago

A federal judge on Tuesday will hear testimony in the opening day of an injunction hearing aimed at halting the closure of 50 Chicago public schools. ...

Amid Massive School Closures, CPS Plans To Open Schools For Dropouts

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.27.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread pro...

Rebecca Klein

LOOK: Haunting Photographs Of Closed And Abandoned Schools | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts

The city that Katrina Ohstrom calls home is going through a crisis –- and she is determined to document it. After Philadelphia’s School Reform...

Protesters March Against CPS Budget Cuts, School Closings

Posted 06.21.2013 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: DOWNTOWN — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent proposal to fund a DePaul arena with TIF money was a ...

When Karen Lewis speakers, Chicago listens... and responds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Nobody these days stirs instant controversy in Chicago (and in education reform circles nationally) than Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis....

CPS Schools May Be Forced To Choose Between Teachers, Toilet Paper

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

Education advocates in Chicago claim that recently announced budget cuts will force some schools to choose between two necessary resources: teachers o...

WATCH: Parents Occupy Closing School In Protest

Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

The last bell was set to ring at Chicago's Lafayette Elementary School in Humboldt Park Wednesday afternoon, but Lafayette parents had other plans in ...