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Chicago Public School Closings

What Is Actually Going On In Chicago Classrooms?

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Devion Allen peers wistfully through a door window at the school he used to attend. Those who live outside his gritty, violence-plagu...

Goodbye to All That

Debra Pickett | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

I had so wanted to be a CPS parent. I wanted the vibrancy and diversity of real city schools for my children. I wanted them to have public institutions at the center of their lives, and to be truly enmeshed in their community.

Critics Say Safe Passage Routes Not Ready As Mayor Releases Map

Posted 08.09.2013 | Chicago

With the start of the new school year two weeks away and Chicago Public School parents lamenting the lack of information about the heavily-touted "saf...

WATCH: 9-Year-Old RIPS Into School Board For Teacher Layoffs

Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

In less than two minutes, nine-year-old Chicago Public School student Asean Johnson on Wednesday unloaded a heartfelt plea to save teachers while exco...

Elite High School May Charge Students $500 To Take 7th Period

Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

In the past, some Chicago students have been paid to earn good grades and study hard, but the tables may turn for students at one of the city's most e...

WATCH: Parents Occupy Closing School In Protest

Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

The last bell was set to ring at Chicago's Lafayette Elementary School in Humboldt Park Wednesday afternoon, but Lafayette parents had other plans in ...

Rebecca Klein

The Awesome Thing One Chicago Principal Did To Reward Students' Reading

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.31.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Schools District may be amid turbulent times, but that hasn’t stopped teachers, students and administrators from doing amazing th...

Chicago Public Schools: Not Just Heartbreaking, Actually Broken

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

The parents and community members fighting the school closings clearly are the "good guys" in this dismal scenario. But their heroic energy and indomitable courage are being expended for the sake of maintaining a status quo that is, frankly, unconscionable.

Report: Some CPS Schools On Closing List Might Be Spared

Posted 05.18.2013 | Chicago

Story by Mark Konkol, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — Some Chicago Public Schools slated to close this fall as part of the largest school con...

How Does the Closing of Crenshaw High School Capture the Essence of 'Reform?'

John Thompson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Los Angeles
John Thompson

Not knowing what they don't know, Deasy et. al demand a complete focus on remediation of students weaknesses in order to improve test scores. They have concentrated completely on the narrow portions of children's brains that bubble-in tests measure.

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.

Chicago Parents and Schools Trapped in a Bad Relationship

Debra Pickett | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

I'm leaving and I'm taking the kids. It's the ultimate threat -- the one that does its damage even as the words leave your mouth -- and a hallmark of a deep dysfunction. The Chicago Public Schools and I are locked in this weird relationship drama.

Teachers Union Ramps Up Political Push To Oust Rahm

Posted 04.16.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union has said Mayor Rahm Emanuel is destroying their jobs in the wake of a massive proposed closing, so now the union is gunning...

CPS Parents: Rahm Should 'Walk The Walk' On School Closings

Posted 04.03.2013 | Chicago

Fearing the dangers posed by the new routes their kids will be forced to take after the district shutters 54 neighborhood elementary schools, Chicago ...

Kim Bellware

Analysis: Demand For Charter Schools In Chicago Overstated By Advocates

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.02.2013 | Chicago

This is a developing story As the Chicago Public School district moves to close 54 neighborhood elementary schools on account of what it calls an ...

1 of 150 Arrested for Protesting School Closures

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

How much longer can I go on letting my students in Englewood be treated as second-class citizens by a school system that says it cares about them?

Closing Schools Despite the Data

Elaine Weiss | Posted 05.27.2013 | Chicago
Elaine Weiss

Parents, students, teachers, and principals are right to seek policy decisions based on evidence, not the popularity of current reforms, and to put a stop to those that harm students, schools, and their communities.

Coalition Pushes Back Against School Closings

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools officials ended months of speculation when they released the list of 54 schools the city plans to close, but the pus...

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...

CPS Touts New Perks Ahead For Kids Displaced By Closures

Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago

Updated story In the ongoing battle over Chicago Public School closures, the district is putting a glossy sheen on the news thousands of the city's...

Charter Schools Shocked To Land On CPS' 'Warning List'

Posted 02.28.2013 | Chicago

Charter schools are the latest — and most surprising — addition to the chorus of voices unhappy with the Chicago Public School's closure process f...

Get Engaged in a Child's Education

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

Pushing for access to a quality education is the next step up that our kids need and are entitled to. As mothers, fathers, and caregivers, it's also your obligation.

The Open Seats of Chicago Public Schools

Dave Stieber | Posted 12.26.2012 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The budget is all about priorities and it is time we make the mayor and the appointed Board of Education understand ours, because as a teachers and parents our priorities are about the kids.

Aldermen Push For Hearings, Details On Rumored School Closings

Posted 10.05.2012 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen on Thursday echoed teachers' anxiety over rumors of Chicago Public Schools' plan to shutter dozens of underperforming or under-utiliz...

Mend Fences, Build Better Schools for Chicago

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Chicago Public Schools may feel an unprecedented effort was made this year to reach out regarding turnarounds. However, while Mayor Emanuel has a point when he says the protests are "noise associated with change," that's not the whole story.