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Mayor Emanuel, Don't Change the Rules When You Don't Like the Score

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

It seems that the mayor and the groups that carried his water over changing labor law are now unhappy with a process they once championed. It's time to stop playing games and work towards giving Chicago's students the schools they deserve.

New Illinois Law: Education Reform or Mere Distraction?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

From the way Illinois politicians have been preening the past couple of days, you'd think they had cured cancer. Nope, it's what they and the media have been relentlessly calling a "historic" new education reform law.

Lessons for Wisconsin -- How Illinois Recognizes Its Great Teachers With New Reform Law

Ellen S. Alberding | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago
Ellen S. Alberding

Unlike our neighbors in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states, Illinois education stakeholders worked together to craft an aggressive bill that makes our state the nation's new leader in education reform.

Illinois Is Proving Any State Can Change Its Schools

Suzanne Tacheny Kubach | Posted 07.22.2011 | Education
Suzanne Tacheny Kubach

A dozen or so leading citizens, backed by local and national philanthropy, put Illinois on this path to becoming a national leader in education reform.

Tougher Tests Just the First Step to Improving Chicago Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.