It was an "emperor has no clothes" moment in public education, and it took place on July 18 in a federal courtroom in Chicago. The "emperor" in question was none other than Arne Duncan.
IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...
There is an upcoming test case which that help to determine whether nepotism is actually dying in Illinois, or if it is poised to come roaring back. This pass/fail test is for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
There has not been a national urban agenda since the Carter administration three decades ago. The Office of Urban Affairs that President Obama opened when he went to the White House has been impotent.
METRA MEMO AND MADIGAN Even if you never ride Metra, if you live in Illinois, your tax dollars help pay for it. That's why you should pay attention to...
One would think that in a city that can't afford to keep its public schools and mental health clinics open, where the extreme poverty rate is the third-highest in the nation, a 28-year-old able to snag a well-paying gig in the Mayor's Office would have some degree of humility.
Teachers spend billions out-of-pocket on classroom supplies. It's not the parents who aren't investing; they spend hours at parent-teacher conferences and helping with homework. So where should Secretary Duncan direct his ire?
LAWMAKERS TO QUINN: WHERE ARE YOU? Both Republicans and Democrats on a 10-member special pension committee teed off on Gov. Pat Quinn Monday. More acc...
The fifth Israeli Presidential Conference, the brainchild of President Shimon Peres, drew more than the usual crowd of academics, entrepreneurs, government officials, and foreign dignitaries this year.
In honor of the unofficial official holiday, we asked our Second City family to share their all-time favorite Chicago flicks.
Cities can drive dramatic improvements on climate but we can't do it alone. As the Mayor of Chicago, I see the both the benefits of tackling this challenge and the threats that remain.
Nobody these days stirs instant controversy in Chicago (and in education reform circles nationally) than Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis....
One reason the CAAN'T campaign backfired is because nobody knows who to root for when one bully beats up another bully.
If the NSA is monitoring my phone calls I worry that they might not be correctly hearing what I'm saying. And, if this is the case, I worry even more, about what the resulting impact on my beloved U.S. of A. might be.
The vulture reformers -- who have proven adept at raising corporate money and implementing market-based reform through complete mayoral control -- have forgotten that teaching boils down to the interpersonal.
On one side are the forces of egalitarianism, economic opportunity, and self-determination. On the other is a well-funded and entrenched elite bent on hijacking our media, our political process, and our institutions, for their selfish ends.