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Renaissance 2010

One Public School's Death By A Thousand Cuts

Matt Farmer | Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Chicago's Walter H. Dyett High School was set up as a house of cards. Arne Duncan, served for years as the absentee landlord. And current CEO Jean-Claude Brizard was recently cast in the role of the evicting sheriff.

Another CPS Miracle?

Matt Farmer | Posted 08.13.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

ABC-7 anchorman Ravi Baichwal called Collins Academy one of the city's "exceptional public schools." But having an anchorman declare it one of the city's "exceptional public schools" does not make it so.

Another Marshall Plan

Matt Farmer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Ron Huberman gutted Marshall last year as part of another CPS "turnaround." Tony Skokna was handed a pink slip, his 17 years at Marshall presumably viewed by Huberman as part of the school's problem.

Lollapaloozer's Guide to Chile

Greg Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Greg Garry

Jane's Addiction front man Perry Farrell is taking his massive music festival Lollapalooza down to Chile's capital city Santiago April 2 & 3.

Education in a Post-Daley Chicago

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Is it possible that arrogance and autocracy are on their way out in Chicago? Or will they simply find a new host?

GOP Charge: Ground Zero Mosque is bin Laden's Trojan Horse

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

Gary Berntsen, the tough-as-nails former CIA operative running to unseat Senator Chuck Schumer in New York, tells me al Qaeda and its affiliates are set to infiltrate the mosque before it has been built.

A View From the Cot

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

During third period your mind wanders. You wonder if you're the only kid in your class who is living in a homeless shelter.

Duncan: School Reform Not Related To Surge In Teen Violence

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday pledged federal support to fight a surge in youth v...

Renaissance 2010: Huberman Plans Fewer New Charter Schools

Catalyst Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CEO Ron Huberman today announced six recommendations for new schools that he will submit to the Board of Education later this month--about a third mad...

Rash Of Teen Deaths, Violence Due To School Reform?

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Even in the cold rain, Danielle Jones would rather stand on the street and wait for her father to pick her up from her high school on ...

Derrion Albert, Renaissance 2010, Olympics 2016 and the Breakfast Club

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

When I was a pastor on the West Side I found myself in the middle of rioting students on more than one occasion. What happened? Since the riots weren't caught on video, we didn't get any help from the White House.

Renaissance 2010 Gets A Solid 'B'

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

New University of Chicago findings pour cold water on both the most ardent critics and most ardent proponents of both Ren10 and the charter schools it has created.

Touted Chicago School Reform A Failure: Report

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public School reform largely has failed, with the vast bulk of students either dropping out or unprepared for college and apparent gains at th...

Federal Complaint: Chicago School Reform Hiring Discriminatory

Chi-Town Daily News | PETER SACHS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Schools' controversial turnaround program unfairly targets African-American teachers, who are laid off at a greater rate than non-m...

CPS' Renaissance 2010 Plan Failing Disabled Students: Study

Chi-Town Daily News | ADRIAN G. URIBARRI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Schools Renaissance 2010 initiative began in 2004 as a way to create new, high-quality schools in Chicago, and some research sugges...

Beyond School Closings

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

CPS critics have long advocated a plan that would provide transparency and accountability, ranking projects by need and ensuring that resources are distributed equitably.

Arne Duncan's Final Chicago Move: Consolidate 25 Schools

Chicago Sun-Times | Maudlyne Ihejirika | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In his last major act before heading to Washington as President-elect Barack Obama's pick for education secretary, outgoing Chicago schools chief Arne...

20 Chicago Schools To Close Or Merge

Chicago Sun-Times | Rosalind Rossi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools are expected to announce plans next month to close or consolidate at least 20 schools next school year -- up from 18 last year....