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Emanuel Shortens School Day Plan After Parents Cry Foul

Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

After being accused of refusing to work with Chicago parents, Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed down on his longer school day proposal Tuesday. Emanuel an...

Parents Want Answers From Rahm On Longer School Day

Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

Opponents of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to lengthen the school day for Chicago Public School students joined forces this week -- and are demand...

Union: Teachers 'Fed Up,' Ready To Strike

Posted 04.06.2012 | Chicago

As negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools continue, the union announced Thursday that, according to their own info...

Renee Fleming Mentors Chicago High School Students

AP | By CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- There's a reason Renee Fleming has been dubbed "The People's Diva." For the past school year, the famed soprano has been mentoring teen vo...

Does Teacher Incentive Program Work? Report Shows No Student Improvement

Posted 03.09.2012 | Chicago

A four-year pilot program in Chicago's Public Schools that focused on increasing teachers' access to self-improvement programs was recently evaluated ...

Did School Expel Student Over Hearing Disability?

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago Catholic high school is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that a student in her senior year was expelled due to behavioral problems linked t...

Joseph Erbentraut

Study: Minority Students Face Harsher Discipline, Fewer Options | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.06.2012 | Chicago

In Chicago public schools, black students receive harsher punishments for in-school infractions than white students, a fact that mirrors a nationwide ...

Mend Fences, Build Better Schools for Chicago

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Chicago Public Schools may feel an unprecedented effort was made this year to reach out regarding turnarounds. However, while Mayor Emanuel has a point when he says the protests are "noise associated with change," that's not the whole story.

CPS CEO Denies Rev. Jackson's 'Educational Apartheid' Claim

Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took to the pulpit, literally, on Sunday to respond to the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago Teachers Unio...

Teacher Still Instructing As 100th Birthday Approaches

Posted 02.24.2012 | Chicago

The Monday after Olivia Neubauer turns 100 next month, she'll do what she's done every school day since 1935 -- teach. Neubauer teaches reading to ...

An 'Education Apartheid'?

Posted 02.23.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday to close, phaseout or otherwise overhaul 17 Chicago Public Schools following hours of impas...

Board To Vote On CPS School Closings, Turnarounds

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education is slated to vote Wednesday on its plan to close, phaseout or "turnaround" some 17 of the city's Chicago Public Schools...

Chicago School Draws Scrutiny Over Student Fines For Small Disciplinary Infractions

AP | By TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 02.21.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A sense of order and decorum prevails at Noble Street College Prep as students move quickly through a hallway adorned with banners from doz...

Protesters End Sit-In At CPS School Slated For 'Turnaround'

Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story A group of Chicago parents, students and activists on Friday began a sit-in inside, as well as an encampment outside, a West Side ele...

CPS Sick Day Crackdown Ahead

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Next week, Chicago Public Schools will present a revised sick day policy for its non-union employees aimed at bringing to an end the controversial pay...

School Reform Efforts Show Mixed Results

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

Chicago elementary schools that underwent various reform efforts since 1997 improved during the first four years of intervention, but still lagged beh...

Matt Sledge

Urban Initiatives Soccer Program Aims To Keep Kids In Tough Chicago Schools On Track | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

"Everybody in Cabrini knew Troy," said 13-year-old Thomas Durr, an eighth grader at Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts. "He had his act together, h...

Teachers Union: Vacation, Sick Day Payout Report 'Unfair'

Posted 02.04.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union on Friday stated that a report finding that Chicago Public Schools, since 2006, paid out $265 million to ex-employees due t...

Transforming the Public Education System in Chicago

Phyllis Lockett | Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago
Phyllis Lockett

Simply put, there are not enough great public schools in Chicago -- period. Our city needs more high-performing magnet, selective-enrollment, charter, turnaround and neighborhood schools in communities of highest need.

Report: CPS Spends Millions On Employees' Unused Vacation, Sick Days

Posted 02.03.2012 | Chicago

According to a joint investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Better Government Association, Chicago Public Schools is reportedly spending tens ...

Two Say They Got Paid To Support Chicago School Closures

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 03.25.2012 | Chicago

Always contentious hearings on whether to close failing Chicago schools have taken a bizarre twist this year with charges that cash-strapped residents...

As Some Schools Plunge Into Technology, Poor Schools Are Left Behind

| Nick Pandolfo | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. CHICAGO -- On a recent Friday morning, 15-year-old Jerod Franklin stared at his hands as h...

Best Enrollment News For City Catholic Schools Since 1965

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 03.16.2012 | Chicago

Enrollment in Chicago's Catholic elementary schools is up for the second straight year -- the first time that's happened since 1965, officials said Fr...

Japanese Strategy For Improving Teachers Catches On In U.S.

| Linda Lutton | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. In the sunlit library at Jorge Prieto Elementary on Chicago's northwest side, an experimen...

WATCH: Protesters Disrupt Chicago School Board Meeting

Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

Updated story A Chicago Public Schools board meeting was disrupted early Wednesday after protesters spoke out against the district's proposed clo...