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Chicago School Violence

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...

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...

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.

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...

School Closings Pose Big Challenge for Chicago Public Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

As the saying goes, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Unfortunately, that saying does not bode well for the thousands of children who will be displaced when 54 schools shut down this year.

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.

Harper High School

John Thompson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Chicago
John Thompson

Education has always been an affair of "the heart," not "the head." Perhaps society has imposed a school reform experiment devoted to remediating academic weaknesses because we dare not confront the emotions of Harper High School.

After 2009 Death, Notorious School Turns It Around

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Long before Chicago's latest spasm of gun violence, the fatal beating of an honors student came to symbolize the dangers facing young ...

Are Charter Schools the Answer to - or One Reason for - Chicago's Violence?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Even the national media has taken notice of the disastrous upsurge in Chicago youth violence. But charter schools may not be the answer. They don't equate with quality, and some communities believe they actually increase violence.

Teen Allegedly Bit Cop's Hand During Lunchroom Brawl

Posted 01.27.2012 | Chicago

A 17-year-old Chicago girl has been charged with biting a Chicago police officer who intervened Thursday in a cafeteria fight at an East Garfield Park...

WATCH: Two CPS Students Suspended After Brawl Caught On Tape

Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

Two Chicago Public Schools students have been suspended and charged with misdemeanor battery after their brutal attack of a fellow classmate during a ...

Chicago Schools Use 'Risk Model' To Predict Student Violence

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In Chicago, school officials have created a "risk model" to predict which students are likely to be the victims of gun violence. NBC Nightly News sat...

Walking To School In A War Zone: A Look At School Violence In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

For 16-year-old Kendall, a high school sophomore in a dangerous Chicago neighborhood, just surviving the two-mile walk to school is an accomplishment....

Chicago Is in a State Of Emergency

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Chicago is in a state of emergency. It has been reported that 113 people have been killed in Chicago this year. The same number of U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

CPS: Huberman Touts Results Of School Anti-Violence Initiative

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman announced the results of a $60 million anti-violence campaign, which he described as "very positive." Pilot p...

College From Pennsylvania to Chicago's South Side to the Future, With Fish

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

Between the shootings steps from school boundaries and the domestic violence, there's not a whole lot of good news on the teen front. But I have some.

A Hole in the Night

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I remember big, white-teeth grins, laughter, especially from the kid in the white hoodie. He was laughing as he swung and connected with my cheekbone and I went down.

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.

Judge To CPS: Let Unsafe Fenger Students Transfer

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge says Chicago Public Schools must arrange for the immediate transfer of students who want to leave a South Side high sc...

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 ...

Fenger High School Students Arrested After Lunchroom Brawls

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Five students have been arrested for fighting at a Chicago high school less than a month after an honor student was killed in a brutal...

Fenger Violence Continues: Two More Teens Arrested

Chicago Sun-Times | ROSEMARY SOBOL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two Fenger High School students were arrested in separate incidents -- including one in which a juvenile allegedly threatened to kill a security guard...

How Sports Can Help End Violence

Karl Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karl Costello

The opportunities sports provides are too often squandered by individuals and institutions that care so little for youth that their environment allows for the murder of a Derrion Albert.

Violence Inside High Schools Surges

Catalyst Chicago | Sarah Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the past year, violent incidents inside or on the grounds of Chicago's high schools rose by almost 20 percent, with students committing aggravated ...

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?