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Martyred Teachers In Mexico

Yohuru Williams | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Yohuru Williams

That professional right to defend student needs doubles as a moral obligation to stand for those chained by the blight of poverty and silenced by the might of corporate greed, public indifference and government corruption.

Are District Schools Entitled to Teach Other People's Children?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.04.2016 | Chicago
Marilyn Rhames

On April 1, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out on their jobs six weeks ahead of the official date by which they could call a strike. Chi...

Black Lives Matter Educates Chicago's Teachers

Dave Stieber | Posted 04.07.2016 | Black Voices
Dave Stieber

When I call the police, they come and they don't bother me unless I am doing something that I shouldn't be. Page May's three words, "F*ck the Police" have made me re-examine all of that.

Everything is Falling into the Right Place for Speaker Madigan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Cartoon by Scott Stantis Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Everyone's fallen right into their roles. I wonder if House Speaker Mike Mad...

All Teachers Suck. And Should Be Fired. And Stoned to Death.

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 04.01.2016 | Chicago
Eileen O'Connor

I have been reading a lot about what is happening to the public school system in Chicago. Because I'm a teacher and have too much time on my hands. I ...

The Windy City's Pension-Driven Education Crisis

Bob Williams | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Bob Williams

For Chicago Public Schools, the day of reckoning has arrived. Unfortunately, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education have yet to seriously confront this cold, hard fiscal truth.

When Will Chicago Teachers and Illinois Politicians Act Like Grown-Ups and Actually Think About Our Kids?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.30.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek My family has been quite, um, productive lately. I mentioned quite a while back that I come from a big ...

What's the Point of the Chicago Teachers Union Walkout?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
Peter Cunningham

Public protest is an honored tradition in our democracy. From the American Revolution to Black Lives Matter, speaking out for fairness, justice and fr...

I Just Saved Rahm and CPS Millions During My Lunch Period

Dave Stieber | Posted 03.24.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We teachers have tried darn near everything to get you to realize that there are many ways to get additional funding for our schools and you refuse to do them. So we are left with no choice but to strike.

No Lines in the Sand: How to Keep Ourselves Honest in School Politics

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 02.18.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

If politics make strange bedfellows, as the saying goes, then school politics just make fellows strange. Strange, or you might call it conflicted. Wh...

CPS -- A Petulant Child That Feigns Never Having Heard "No" Before

Dave Stieber | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Yes, making sure a teacher is reasonably protected from the craziness that is CPS and paid fairly is still doing what is best for kids. A fair contract helps keep outstanding teachers from leaving this jacked up mayorally controlled undemocratic school system.

Chicago Public Schools Is Bleeding Out But Neither The Teachers Union Nor The Governor Will Help

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Marilyn Rhames

The other day, I woke up to the news that 292 people were shot and 51 people murdered in Chicago in the first month of the New Year. Then later in ...

Who Plays the Scrooge in a Chicago Public Schools Parody of 'A Christmas Carol'?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 12.21.2015 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

As a kid, I had a love-hate relationship with "A Christmas Carol," the Charles Dickens tale that plays out in black and white TV every December. I ...

Chicago Teachers' Union Votes 'Overwhelmingly' In Favor Of Strike

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chicago public school teachers have voted "overwhelmingly" to authorize a strike, preparing for what could be the second w...

Are The Simpsons​ from Illinois? Absolutely. Here Are 22 MORE Reasons to Prove It

Madison Bondi | Posted 12.08.2015 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

After sharing my previous article, I received some flack from Twitter users and Facebook commenters, who are still in denial that The Simpsons are fro...

Jitu Brown and the Education Battleground of Chicago

Michael Elliot | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Jitu Brown and the Chicago activists have taken the fight to a new level. They insist that Chicago Public Schools engage with the communities they are there to serve. If CPS undertakes any further uncollaborative action, it risks not only a symbolic, but an actual, devastating response.

I am a Dictator: A Chicago Public Schools Teacher Responds to Rauner and Claypool

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.14.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The stress that I and the rest of Chicago's teachers go through every day of the year to educate the children of this city that we love is not easy, but we do it because we know that our students matter. It is time for the politicians to do the same.

Total Overhaul: Chicago School Board Changes Leadership And Borrows Millions

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 22 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved the sale of up to $1.16 billion of bonds for its cash-strapped sch...

Desperate Chicago Schools Look To Resolve Debt Through Selling Bonds

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 20 (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools on Monday proposed selling up to $1.16 billion of bonds despite the district's falling credit ra...

Chicago Teachers Union Says Schools Probe Sign Of Bigger Problem

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, April 16 (Reuters) - The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe o...

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

Alana Baum | Posted 05.24.2015 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Our challenges are immense and urgent. But we have dedicated educators and families, and a mayor who's proven he'll take the heat to work on our budget. If we responsibly fund education, then even during tough times, we have so much to feel optimistic about.

Student Lives Matter

Ronnie Reese | Posted 03.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ronnie Reese

Police brutality is not a black problem, nor is it a white problem. It is a people problem, and due to our city's status as one of America's major urban hubs, it is a matter of utmost importance to public school educators.

Karen Lewis on #BlackLivesMatter, Politics and Getting Back in the Mix

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 02.14.2015 | Chicago
Jennifer Berkshire

In Karen Lewis' first full-length interview since illness forced her out of the race to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she talks about protests, politics and her little known career as as a stand-up comedian.

I Would Be So Thankful If Only Chicago Had an Elected School Board

Dave Stieber | Posted 01.21.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We have a school board that is handpicked by the mayor and therefor does whatever the mayor tells them to do, because if they go against him -- then guess what? They are no longer on the school board.

Chicago Public Schools Are Failing

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Hilary Gowins

Nowhere is the crumbling of a major public school system more evident than in the city of Chicago. Last week, one school's prom slogan showed in just four words how far Chicago Public Schools has fallen.