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Ex-head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Kickbacks Scheme

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- The former head of the nation's 3rd largest school district has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in an alleged scheme to steer $23 mi...

Chicago Mom: Rahm Emanuel Ignoring Low Income, Minority Families

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices

Chicago mom Jeanette Taylor-Ramann is fed up with the indecision over the now-closed Dyett High School, and she's calling out the leaders be...

Chicago Mayor Rejects State Cash Advance For Schools

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 st...

Chicago Mayoral Ad Stretches The Truth | Alexander Nacht | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took”...

Why This Chicago High School Has Only 12 Students Left

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

Classes began districtwide at Chicago's public schools on Tuesday, and the scene at most of the city's hundreds of schools was one of excitement as gr...

Chicago Ups Safety Guards For Students This Year

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city...

Fifth-Graders In Chicago Write To Newspaper: 'You Don't Really Know Us'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

A group of fifth-graders came together to write an op-ed published last week in The Chicago Tribune in an effort to combat "the constant negative publ...

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...

Watchdog Group Blasts Chicago's New Schools Budget

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 23 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved a $5.76 billion fiscal 2015 operating budget that relies on an acc...

Why Racism in America Is Not the Healthy Choice in Medicine or Education

Paloma Toledo, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Paloma Toledo, M.D.

As parents and community members, we need to understand the elimination of racism from an early age will only serve to improve the health of our community.

Youth Lighting the Way in Chicago

Katie Sewell | Posted 06.01.2014 | Chicago
Katie Sewell

In the face of violence and fear, when dignity is on the line, it's standing up together that makes a difference.

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 ...

Why the Starving Out of Public Education Threatens Our Economic Future and What We Can Do About It

Marcus Bright | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Marcus Bright

School districts should not have to go to drastic measures just to meet bare minimum needs. The focus should be on closing the achievement gap, graduating college and career-ready students and attacking the nation's dropout epidemic.

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...

Bitter Cold Temperatures Force Chicago Schools To Close

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public School officials say they're cancelling classes ahead of Monday's bitter cold temperatures, after first saying they wo...

50 Years Later, Remembering The '63 Chicago School Boycott

Posted 10.30.2013 | Chicago

Fifty years ago Tuesday, more than 200,000 Chicago children stayed home from school and hit the streets as part of a massive protest against segregati...

How One CPS School Went From The Bottom To The Top

Posted 10.17.2013 | Chicago

Story by Benjamin Woodard, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: EDGEWATER — Just before Senn High School's bell rings for the first class of the day, princi...

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?

Lessons from Detroit: Why Doing What Feels Wrong May Be the Right Answer For Chicago Public School Families

Alana Baum | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Had Detroit's lawmakers been courageous enough to ask questions, make tough decisions, stand up to union leadership, build out the city's infrastructure, would their city have gone bankrupt?

The New School Year Has Arrived At CPS

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 10.26.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Thousands of Chicago children whose schools were shuttered last spring walked to new ones on the first day of school Monday under the watch...

Chicago Fighting to Use Unmanned Drones To Target Poor Kids

El Guapo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Latino Voices
El Guapo

Rather than sending a whole demolition crew to destroy a community center, a library, a school or a soup kitchen, we can utilize the sophisticated and precise locating systems on these machines to level whole neighborhoods while ensuring that our more affluent areas are spared.

Federal Judge Rules On Massive School Closing Plan

Posted 08.16.2013 | Chicago

After a hard-fought battle to save some 50 Chicago Public Schools from closing, a federal judge dealt the fatal blow to the city's school closing oppo...

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...

Putting Students First? In Chicago, Not a Chance

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

What's happening in Chicago schools -- and in many other places across the country -- is not about putting students first. It's agendas first. Ideology first. Test scores first. Efficiency first.