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Do We Want Our Children to Believe 'Life Is a Test?'

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.18.2014 | Chicago
Laurie Levy

In a recent editorial, the Chicago Tribune asks, "Where is the harm in a child taking the ISAT?" The piece makes several interesting claims about why opting out of the test is a bad idea. I guess the Tribune thinks these parents don't have a case, but I'm not so sure that's true.

How One CPS School Went From The Bottom To The Top

Posted 10.17.2013 | Chicago

Story by Benjamin Woodard, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: EDGEWATER — Just before Senn High School's bell rings for the first class of the day, princi...

CPS Boycott Coincides With March On Washington 50th, Budget Vote

Posted 08.28.2013 | Chicago

Just three days into the new school year, activists called for a Wednesday boycott of the Chicago Public Schools in a demonstration that coincides wit...

The New School Year Has Arrived At CPS

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 10.26.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Thousands of Chicago children whose schools were shuttered last spring walked to new ones on the first day of school Monday under the watch...

Activists Call For One-Day CPS Boycott Next Week

Posted 08.23.2013 | Chicago

Saying recent Chicago Public Schools budget cuts, layoffs and school closures have destabilized the city's communities of poor black and Latino childr...

Rahm: Pension Crisis To Blame For 2,000 CPS Layoffs

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

In Sunday remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel again defended the just-announced laying off of more than 2,100 Chicago Public Schools employees, almost 1,000 o...

PHOTOS: An Emotional Last Day At CPS School Closing For Good

AP | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Teachers, parents and students shared hugs and a few tears as an elementary school in Chicago ended the school year for the last time. Tru...

Teachers Fear Layoffs Could Result From CPS' 5-Year Plan

Posted 06.11.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett revealed her five-year vision for the embattled district on Monday, leading some educ...

CPS Graduation Rate Hits Record High

Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago

Despite a tense school year that included the city's first teachers strike in 25 years and the district threatening to close more than 100 of its scho...

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

Chicago's Students Deserve Acts of Heroism

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Dennis Van Roekel

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shutter 50 (yes, 50) schools won't be good for Chicago's children, especially children of color.

Chicago Board OKs Largest Planned Public School Shutdown In U.S. History

Posted 05.22.2013 | Chicago

Updated story The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to close fifty Chicago Public schools, one of them delayed a year, in the nation's thi...

Kim Bellware

PHOTOS: Protesters Clash With Cops At School Closing Rally

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Three days of Chicago Teachers Union-led marches in protest of the Chicago Public School district's plan to close 54 schools ended with a rush hour ra...

Chicago Board Of Ed Slapped With Stunning Lawsuit

Posted 05.15.2013 | Chicago

With the Chicago Board of Education set to vote in a week on closing 54 of the city's public schools and co-locating 11 others, the Chicago Teachers U...

Students At CPS High School Stage Walkout For Fired Teachers

Posted 05.04.2013 | Chicago

Story by Paul Biasco, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: LINCOLN PARK — Hundreds of Lincoln Park High School students walked out of class Friday morning i...

Group Asks Oscar-Winning Alum To Help Avoid CPS School's Closure

Posted 04.30.2013 | Chicago

Story by Wendell Hutson, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: ENGLEWOOD — A South Side nonprofit fighting to keep Elihu Yale Elementary School open has prop...

School Closings Pose Big Challenge for Chicago Public Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

As the saying goes, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Unfortunately, that saying does not bode well for the thousands of children who will be displaced when 54 schools shut down this year.

CPS Consults Gang Boundaries Amid School Closure Plan

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 04.15.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The Rev. Robin Hood stands in front of an elementary school in what's known as "The Holy City" – the Chicago neighborhood where the n...

Hoping To Save Their Schools, CPS Families 'Walk The Walk'

Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago

In the ongoing battle to save schools from the Chicago Public School district's list of 54 proposed closures, Tuesday is the day many will "walk the w...

Parents Frustrated By Lack Of Response At School Closing Meetings

Posted 04.07.2013 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: NEAR WEST SIDE — Many concerns and questions, but no answers. That’s how it went for parents...

CPS CEO Calls School Closing Racism Charges 'An Affront'

Posted 04.04.2013 | Chicago

In a Wednesday school board meeting defending the district's plan to close 54 neighborhood elementary schools, Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-...

4 Years In A Row: 100 Percent Of School's Graduates College-Bound

Posted 03.29.2013 | Chicago

For a remarkable fourth consecutive year, all 167 seniors at Urban Prep Academies schools have been accepted at four-year colleges or universities thi...

Rahm Breaks His Silence On School Closings

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded Saturday to widespread criticism of his plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools, saying he wasn't interested i...

Parents, Activists, Aldermen Dig In For Battle Over School Closings

Posted 03.23.2013 | Chicago

After Chicago Public Schools officials on Thursday unveiled their plan to shutter 54 of the district's elementary schools, the Chicago Teachers Union,...

Joy Resmovits

Chicago To Shut Down 54 Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

Citing budget concerns and falling enrollment, Chicago Public Schools officials announced Thursday they plan to close 54 schools next year and shut do...