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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.

WATCH: Teacher Calls Teach For America 'Extremely Damaging'

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Some public school teachers are speaking out against Teach For America, alleging that the organization's training is insufficient and that it threaten...

Rahm: Pension Crisis To Blame For 2,000 CPS Layoffs

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

In Sunday remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel again defended the just-announced laying off of more than 2,100 Chicago Public Schools employees, almost 1,000 o...

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. ...

Principal Under Fire For 'Shaming' Students Who Wore 'Short Shorts'

Posted 07.09.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Parents at one of Illinois' top elementary schools were livid over the school's principal reportedly singling out seven female studen...

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...

Lesbian Student Wins Prom King At Chicago School

Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago

Story by Ross Forman, courtesy Windy City Times: Ola Wolan planned for her senior prom at Lane Tech High School all school year—because she wante...

School Protestors In Philadelphia Mount Hunger Strike

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

Earlene Bly, 46, is fasting and quitting cigarettes at the same time, but she said the simultaneous cold turkeys aren't bothering her. Instead of focu...

Rebecca Klein

The Awesome Thing One Chicago Principal Did To Reward Students' Reading | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.31.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Schools District may be amid turbulent times, but that hasn’t stopped teachers, students and administrators from doing amazing th...

Chicago Teachers Union Files Third School Closing Lawsuit

Posted 05.30.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a third lawsuit against the mass public school closings approved last week by the city's Board of Education. T...

CPS Graduation Rate Hits Record High

Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago

Despite a tense school year that included the city's first teachers strike in 25 years and the district threatening to close more than 100 of its scho...

Chicago's Students Deserve Acts of Heroism

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Dennis Van Roekel

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shutter 50 (yes, 50) schools won't be good for Chicago's children, especially children of color.

CTU Vows To Boot Rahm From Office In Wake Of School Closings

Posted 05.23.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his allies were warned in April this was coming. A day after the mayor's hand-picked board of education OKed the cl...

Chicago Board OKs Largest Planned Public School Shutdown In U.S. History

Posted 05.22.2013 | Chicago

Updated story The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to close fifty Chicago Public schools, one of them delayed a year, in the nation's thi...

WATCH: This Pint-Size Speaker Captivated Chicago School Closing Protestors

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

Amid the chaos of three days of protests regarding Chicago school closures, a pint-size public speaking star was born. Nine-year-old Asean Johnson ...

Board Approves Mass CPS School Closing Plan

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

UPDATE: The CPS board voted Wednesday afternoon to close 50 schools -- 49 elementary schools and one high school. By Mary Wisniewski ...

Chicago Board Of Ed Slapped With Stunning Lawsuit

Posted 05.15.2013 | Chicago

With the Chicago Board of Education set to vote in a week on closing 54 of the city's public schools and co-locating 11 others, the Chicago Teachers U...

Students At CPS High School Stage Walkout For Fired Teachers

Posted 05.04.2013 | Chicago

Story by Paul Biasco, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: LINCOLN PARK — Hundreds of Lincoln Park High School students walked out of class Friday morning i...

CPS Students Boycott Required State Exam To Protest School Closings

Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago

On a day they were slated to take a state-required test that directly affects their graduation eligibility, around 100 Chicago Public School students ...

CPS Closing Plan Would Push Some Schools Over Capacity

Posted 04.22.2013 | Chicago

Story by Tanveer Ali, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — Student enrollment at several Chicago Public Schools could balloon over capacity if the...

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.

Parents Frustrated By Lack Of Response At School Closing Meetings

Posted 04.07.2013 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: NEAR WEST SIDE — Many concerns and questions, but no answers. That’s how it went for parents...

'Give In Now. Rahm Will Win. Rahm Always Wins.'

Posted 04.04.2013 | Chicago

Zeke Emanuel, the oldest brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, offered simple advice to the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday. If you're fighting his ...

4 Years In A Row: 100 Percent Of School's Graduates College-Bound

Posted 03.29.2013 | Chicago

For a remarkable fourth consecutive year, all 167 seniors at Urban Prep Academies schools have been accepted at four-year colleges or universities thi...