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Not a Good Feeling for Parents

Claire Wapole | Posted 12.05.2012 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgThe earthquake that was the strike shook the topsoil off a lot of disturbing issues and now out in the light, parents can't ignore them. Advocating for our kids, some may call it fighting, feels a whole lot better than feeling a loss of control.

One Very Special Student

Cary Mele | Posted 10.05.2012 | Chicago
Cary Mele

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgEvery fall, as back-to-school time approaches, I can't help but get a bit nostalgic. This time the excitement is not for me, but for one very special student heading off to her first year of college.

Day 7 of the Chicago Teachers Strike

Rina Ranalli | Posted 11.18.2012 | Chicago
Rina Ranalli

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpg We parents who want an educational system that can rescue those most at risk realize that no contractual agreement will solve those glaring inequalities.

Putting Children First

Leslie Lancry | Posted 11.17.2012 | Chicago
Leslie Lancry

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgNo matter which side you're on in the Chicago teachers' strike, everyone agrees on one thing: children need a safe place to go when school is not in session.

Why I Support the Strike

Lindsey Rohwer | Posted 11.13.2012 | Chicago
Lindsey Rohwer

Too much is at stake not to stand up. I know what it might mean if students are out of school for another week. I also know what it will mean to continue denying them the resources needed to provide the education they deserve.

What's at Stake for Chicago Public Educators?

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.13.2012 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpg Unless you are a teacher you have no idea the pain, frustration and intrinsic anger we feel when some paid radio ad claims, that "teachers are walking out on students." We are trying to teach you about how your child's education is under attack.

What's Happening in Chicago Right Now: A Note to My Former Students in Los Angeles

Michael Rusin | Posted 11.12.2012 | Chicago
Michael Rusin

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgFor the past two days, Chicago teachers have gone on strike for a variety of issues. Read about this issue in the news media with a careful eye: this is a strike about the future of public education in the United States.

Why I Stand With Chicago's Teachers

Heidi Schlumpf | Posted 11.11.2012 | Chicago
Heidi Schlumpf

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgI'm grateful for the hard work of public school teachers, especially those who work with challenging populations and situations, such as in many Chicago schools. I'm praying this can be resolved fairly -- and soon.

Nothing Will Be As Expected

Tracy Ullman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Chicago
Tracy Ullman

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgWe have no idea how long the strike will last -- if 1987 is any indication, it could be weeks before the issue is resolved.

Win Us Over

Rina Ranalli | Posted 11.10.2012 | Chicago
Rina Ranalli

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgAs an informed, active parent, I shouldn't have had to guess what the issues at the strike's core really were. I should have known.

Chicago Is Failing Half Its Population: The Young Are the Victims

Molly Moynahan | Posted 09.06.2012 | Chicago
Molly Moynahan

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgI'm very grateful to the teachers who cherished my boy, but I want to drop the ladder back down and help every child, support every teacher, encourage every parent and remind the mayor that children are living through hell just trying to go to school.