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Community Rallies Around School CPS Aims To Phase Out

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

By Stephanie Simon and James B. Kelleher CHICAGO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - By just about any definition, Walter H. Dyett High School has fail...

Report: 244 Chicago Schools Have Failed Health Inspections Since 2011

Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

Since 2011, 244 of Chicago’s 681 schools have failed at least one health inspection, according to a CBS Chicago investigation. The school with th...

Lesson From Chicago: We Need Resources and Accountability to Avoid a Two-Tiered Education System

Amy B. Dean | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Amy B. Dean

If we're serious about fixing the long-term problems in the schools, we should take a careful look at each of these, determining how they should shape the roles of all players in the system -- be they administrators, teachers, parents, or politicians.

New CPS CEO Appointed Following Brizard's Abrupt Exit

AP | SARA BURNETT and TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 12.12.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Just three weeks after Chicago teachers returned to the classroom following a bitter strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel replaced his schools C...

Schools of Choice

Dave Stieber | Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The very definition of School Choice means some students will be able to go to the school of their choice, while the other students will be left behind. The idea of School Choice is another top down policy brought in from the business sector.

Not a Good Feeling for Parents

Claire Wapole | Posted 12.05.2012 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgThe earthquake that was the strike shook the topsoil off a lot of disturbing issues and now out in the light, parents can't ignore them. Advocating for our kids, some may call it fighting, feels a whole lot better than feeling a loss of control.

One Very Special Student

Cary Mele | Posted 10.05.2012 | Chicago
Cary Mele

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgEvery fall, as back-to-school time approaches, I can't help but get a bit nostalgic. This time the excitement is not for me, but for one very special student heading off to her first year of college.

Chicago Teachers Union Votes To Approve 3-Year Contract

AP | Posted 10.04.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluati...

Chicago Teachers Union To Count Ballots On New Contract

AP | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Chicago Teachers Union officials are set to start counting the ballots that its members cast on whether they want to accept a proposed cont...

Chicago Teachers Vote Whether To Ratify Deal That Ended Strike

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education

* Union leader declines to predict outcome of vote * Contract sets 17.6 percent pay rise over four years (Updates with Fitch downgr...

Budget, Mass Layoff Fears Loom After Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education

* 350,000 public school students return to classes * Labor pact piles more debt on deficit-ridden district ...

Chicago Teachers Union Moves To Suspend Strike

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN and TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 11.18.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines in Chicago, ending a combative stalemate...

Putting Children First

Leslie Lancry | Posted 11.17.2012 | Chicago
Leslie Lancry

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgNo matter which side you're on in the Chicago teachers' strike, everyone agrees on one thing: children need a safe place to go when school is not in session.

Is The Chicago Teachers Strike Hurting Obama?

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. The Chicago teachers strike, which entered its fifth day on Friday, cou...

Emmeline Zhao

Chicago Teachers Strike Marches On After Near-Deal Fails | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education

The Chicago Teachers Union delegates decided Sunday night not to accept a deal for a new contract from Chicago Public Schools and made plans to resume...

Chicago Teachers Shouldn't Have Had to Strike

Etan Thomas | Posted 11.16.2012 | Chicago
Etan Thomas

The point is, these conditions are not conducive to a healthy learning environment. And they are not conducive to a healthy teaching environment. And it's why supporting the striking teachers in Chicago is imperative. So, what are they fighting for?

A Strike of Choices

Gregory Michie | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

Do we want to keep heading down the same road of more testing, more data slicing, more reforms based on a business model? Or do we want our schools to aspire to something different, something better, something more?

Teachers Strike Threatens College Dreams For Young Athletes

AP | BARBARA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

CHICAGO — Deandre Welch understands how a teachers strike might cause him to miss a few high school football practices and even a scheduled game...

Sam Stein

Chicago Teachers Strike Nearing Resolution | Sam Stein | Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

The standoff between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's teachers' union appears to be nearing resolution, several sources close to the situatio...

Chicago Teachers Say No to High-Stakes Testing Madness

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

Sometimes classroom educators must use their "Teacher Voice" to restore sanity. That's what is happening in Chicago, where striking public school teachers are shouting "enough is enough" to test-driven school reform schemes.

Steve Jobs, Donald Trump Donations Help Emanuel Take On Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Donors to Emanuel's 2011 campaign included Republicans * Teachers union was hostile to his run for mayor * Contributio...

What's at Stake for Chicago Public Educators?

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.13.2012 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpg Unless you are a teacher you have no idea the pain, frustration and intrinsic anger we feel when some paid radio ad claims, that "teachers are walking out on students." We are trying to teach you about how your child's education is under attack.

Why I Don't Support the Chicago Teachers

Liz Ryan | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Liz Ryan

I get it. Teachers' jobs are brutal. But why, in the face of unworkable and outdated methods and an inhuman work load, would teachers ever conclude "Let's hold the district's feet to the fire for 45 extra bucks a week, and call it good"?

If These Politicians Think Teachers Have It So Easy, Why Did They Become Bankers?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week a lot of Democrats and "liberals" are attacking Chicago teachers for what they tell us are their extravagant and "unreasonable" demands. It's funny: If they think teaching's such a gravy train, why have they all become bankers instead?

Key Events That Led Up To The Historic Teacher Strike In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 09.12.2012 | Chicago

On Monday, the Chicago Teachers Union's 26,000 members headed to the picket lines instead of the classroom. The walkout marked the first public sch...