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Chicago School Reform

Caveat Emptor--Charter School Poster Kids and Private/Public Education

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

If charter schools really do so well with educating children with special needs, does it not make sense for many more children with autism and other developmental disabilities to attend these schools? Why aren't the charter schools clamoring for more?

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...

Of Rich Dads and iPads...

Matt Farmer | Posted 06.11.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Question: When is a Chicago elementary school with 23 kids in a classroom not considered by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be an "underutilized" school? Answer: When it's his kids' school.

Another Casualty of Chicago School Closures

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.09.2013 | Chicago
Elaine Weiss

Children's Literacy Initiative's struggles to take root in CPS highlight the district's misguided approach to closing its long-standing race- and income-based achievement gaps. Very few students benefited from the past 10 years of school closures.

Get Engaged in a Child's Education

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

Pushing for access to a quality education is the next step up that our kids need and are entitled to. As mothers, fathers, and caregivers, it's also your obligation.

The Open Seats of Chicago Public Schools

Dave Stieber | Posted 12.26.2012 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The budget is all about priorities and it is time we make the mayor and the appointed Board of Education understand ours, because as a teachers and parents our priorities are about the kids.

A New Day for Roberto Clemente

Joe Moreno | Posted 08.20.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

One of the most storied high schools in Chicago is finally about to get a fresh start. In a press conference tomorrow, we will announce that Clemente is going to be one of the first in the world, wall-to-wall, International Baccalaureate schools.

Rahm Still Believes in Texas 'Miracles'

Mike Klonsky | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Mike Klonsky

Adding minutes of classroom time might be helpful, depending on how that extra time is used.

Yes, Rahm, People Want Change -- Stop the False Charter School Rhetoric

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Back in February, a group of CPS high-schoolers busted Rahm Emanuel's chops for making false statements about charter schools on the campaign trail. That didn't stop Rahm, though.

Real Leadership for Chicago: The Reformer v. the Players

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Among the candidates, Miguel del Valle has a unique record: decades of experience working in the trenches on the issues facing Chicago.

Chicago Case Study: Time For A New Vision For Schools

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gregory Michie

Since Mayor Daley took control of Chicago schools and began appointing business-minded CEOs to head the system, the march toward a numbers-driven vision of education has been steady.

Emanuel's New Campaign Slogan: I'll Hammer Teachers

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Klonsky

Rahm's solution to the city's growing educational woes after 15 years of mayoral control of the schools: Fire thousands of teachers, increase class size, make those remaining work longer hours.

No Safe Passage: Little Rock to Chicago

Bernardine Dohrn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bernardine Dohrn

Remember the eight extraordinary students in Little Rock who ultimately required the presence of troops for their safe passage into the school they finally integrated? Where was Derrion Albert's safe passage?

Yes, Institutional Violence Does Exist and It Exacerbates Youth Violence

Tracy Siska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tracy Siska

Who in their right mind thought it would be a good educational decision to move black kids from 95% black North Lawndale to Little Village High School in a 95% Latino community? Racial violence was predictable if not guaranteed.

Democracy Needs Us to Speak to School Children

Daniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Daniel Frank

Colonel Francis Wayland Parker knew what President Obama knows: That advocating for public education is a patriotic and political act.

Head Lice or Handguns: Which Concerns You More?

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Aggravated assault, gang activity, arson and gun possession. Why won't CPS release data on the number of such dangerous offenses at my children's schools?

Illinois ACT Scores are Stagnant: Why Don't We Listen to Arne?

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

The home state of the secretary of education should be leading the way in enacting reforms, especially when they are as straightforward as using data to track student growth, finding ways to recruit non-educators into the profession and closing down failing schools.

Education in Chicago: Why School Reform Won't Happen

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

The more ideas put forward, the more difficult practical action becomes. The more we "innovate," the more resistant and hardened the problems of removing ignorance become.

Tougher Tests Just the First Step to Improving Chicago Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.

Education in Chicago: Chicago Public Schools Have Improved? Baloney!

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

Nothing that Paul Vallas, Mayor Daley or Arne Duncan did in the last 15 years has had any significant effect on the number of CPS students who can read, write and do basic math acceptably. It's all an illusion.

Touted Chicago School Reform A Failure: Report

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public School reform largely has failed, with the vast bulk of students either dropping out or unprepared for college and apparent gains at th...

CPS Turnaround Program Not Yielding Predicted Results: Study

Chi-Town Daily News | JAY FIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Students at two elementary campuses in the controversial Chicago Public Schools turnaround program aren't performing appreciably better than kids in ...

Grassroots Sentiment Behind Huberman Flap Deserves Shoring Up

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Teaching kids is simply not the same as getting the trains to run on time or creating a database to improve crime-fighting.