Looking back at my journey from a student in the Haitian school system to leading the third largest school system in the United States, I have learned one very important thing -- we must always genuinely show the deepest respect for the communities that we serve.
Sustainable gains must be inextricably rooted in the strengths of our constitutional democracy. Lasting improvements must be organically connected to an open society which prizes the exchange of ideas.
With all the hullabaloo, it's easy to overlook one of the most striking features of last week's strike: From park districts to libraries to not-for-profits to private homes -- almost every kid in this increasingly dangerous city had a safe place to ride out the strike.
The suits who run Chicago Public Schools never would have tried the stunts they recently pulled at Chicago's Social Justice High School had it been a largely white, middle-class school on the city's Northwest Side.
As a taxpayer and a public school parent, I want to believe that some thoughtful analysis went into the decision to turn Roberto Clemente High School into a so-called International Baccalaureate high school.
Believe it or not, but Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has secured a ratified labor agreement, and its salary terms will likely serve as a template for the Chicago Teachers Union contract. Or at least they should.
As CPS prepares to extend both the school day and school year, I question the potential impact on professional learning and sharing. Will the full day schedule be flexible enough to allow for collaboration?