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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.

Chicago Needs a Student Bill of Rights

Eve Rips | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
Eve Rips

By adding a list of individual liberties to the student Code of Conduct, a student bill of rights would help to begin the school year by fostering a relationship of mutual respect between students and their schools.

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.

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.

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

Chicago Teachers Union Report Highlights Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

Nearly two months after a contentious labor battle between Chicago teachers and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union is striking yet another blow in a...

Chicago Tribune Report: Nearly 32,000 Chicago Public School Students Were Chronically Absent In 2010-11

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Nearly 32,000 — or approximately 1 in 8 — Chicago public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade missed four weeks of class or more d...

CPS Releases Plan To Fund First Year Of New Teacher Contract

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The Chicago Public Schools would rely mainly on one-time measures to cover the $103 million, first-year cost of a new tea...

Districts Stand To Lose Millions Under Ryan Budget Proposal

Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

A New America Foundation analysis has calculated that under Paul Ryan’s budget proposal to cut federal spending by 20 percent, 77 percent of the 1,5...

Yes, Rahm, People Want Change -- Stop the False Charter School Rhetoric

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Back in February, a group of CPS high-schoolers busted Rahm Emanuel's chops for making false statements about charter schools on the campaign trail. That didn't stop Rahm, though.

Chicago Public Schools: Budget Cuts Prompt Students To Walk Out, March On CPS Headquarters

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

About 700 students gathered in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters this morning to protest drastic budget cuts which they say they are alread...

Teachers' Union Worries About Fire Code With Class Size Increase

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Plans to save money by raising Chicago class sizes to 35 students could violate fire codes established after the deadly 1958 Our Lady of Angels School...

Ron Huberman, Other CPS Bureaucrats Take Raises As Schools Make Big Sacrifices

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the past few weeks, Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman has called on parents, teachers, students, central office bureaucrats, and ordinary tax...

Field Trip Over: Meeks' Boycott Kids Finally Out of Media Glare

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Anyone who cares about kids in this town getting a shot at a decent education surely looked at the Chicago Public School children who marched into Winnetka and felt the rumbling pride of civil rights crusades past.

What Next For Meeks? Bring New Trier Kids To CPS

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alexander Russo

Disrupting the start of the school year is a small price to pay for something that could transform education in Illinois, which has the second-most inequitable funding system in the nation.