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Time to Write a New Chapter for Chicago Public Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

The next schools CEO should be someone who understands the puzzle at ground level. That's something Daley's hand-picked CEOs haven't brought to the table.

Back To School Violence: 16-Year-Old Killed, Teacher Stabbed By 13-Year-Old

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The school year has just begun for Chicago Public School students, but already a high school student has been killed and a teacher attacked. On Wedn...

CPS Parents Rip Daley, Huberman On Misuse Of TIF Funds

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools' budget woes are causing a growing number of teachers and parents to pressure Mayor Richard Daley on TIF funding for schools. T...

For CPS Students, Graduation Is The Goal, Staying Alive The Prize: 258 Students Shot Last Year

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The bonding moment between Veronica Tinajero and the student she calls Big Sunshine came during one of their first meetings. "Have you e...

State Money Will Keep CPS Class Sizes At Normal Levels, Huberman Says

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's public school elementary class sizes are expected to be restored to normal levels and high school classes will increase to only 33 instead o...

CPS Extends School Day With Online Courses: Good Policy Or 'Babysitting'?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Fifteen elementary schools across Chicago will have much longer school days next year, according to an announcement made Tuesday afternoon by city. T...

Daley Says If City Took Financial Advice From State, 'We'd Be Bankrupt'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley does not appreciate criticism--whether it's coming from the media, Democrats or Republicans. On Tuesday, he made this abun...

Top Chicago Public School Teachers Laid Off

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Some of Chicago Public Schools' best teachers have fallen victim to budget cuts. Fifty-four master teachers were let go as the district struggles to p...

Parents Team Up To Get TIF Money To Struggling Schools

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't believe it. There must have been more than 100 people--most of them parents of Chicago Public Schools students--sit...

School Cuts Protested By Teachers, Parents

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago teachers and parents took to the streets Tuesday armed with chants like "save our schools" and "children first" and signs to protest proposed ...

More Chicago High Schoolers Are Going To College

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The percentage of Chicago Public Schools graduates going on to college continued to increase in the past year, Mayor Richard Daley and school official...

New CPS Budget: Layoffs, Furloughs, And 33 Kids Per Class

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

About 1,200 city school workers will receive layoff notices this week, and principals will begin sharing the budget pain via pay freezes and six furlo...

Chicago Teachers Union To Sue Over 'Unsafe' Class Sizes

Chicago Sun-Times | Off the Kuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union officials vowed to file suit today, charging that plans to raise city class sizes to 35 are unsafe and violate the municipal co...

'Helpful' Or 'Disaster'? Five High Schools To Start Year-Round Classes

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Starting Monday, for the first time, five Chicago neighborhood high schools will begin "year-round" classes -- a move some hail and others predict cou...

Chicago Public School Officials Propose Eight-Hour School Day

Chicago Sun-Times | Science Codex | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An eight-hour school day for kids? It could be headed to your local Chicago public elementary school. In an attempt to extend an unusually short in...

No Clear Winner In Teachers Union Race

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Thanks to a crowded field of candidates, no clear winner emerged in Friday's election for the next Chicago Teachers Union president -- prompting a run...

School Voucher Bill Fails In State House; Twelve Votes Shy Of 60 Needed

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The landmark legislation would have made Chicago Public Schools the site of what experts said would be the nation's largest voucher program. Up to 30,...

Starting School 30 Minutes Later Leads To Better School Performance

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CHICAGO — Giving teens 30 extra minutes to start their school day leads to more alertness in class, better moods, less tardiness, and even healt...

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...

Should We Have More School Time? Yes -- For Kids

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

While American students might be "underworked," American school teachers most certainly are not -- particularly for what they are being paid.

CPS School Closings: Huberman Will Involve Parents And Community Leaders Earlier In Process

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bowing to complaints about a secretive process for determining school closings, Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman today unveiled plans to involv...

Ron Huberman, Chicago Public Schools CEO, Buys $898K North Side Home

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Due to a budget shortfall in the city and state, Chicago Public School students and teachers have been forced to make significant sacrifices. Teachers...

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...

Amid Chaos in Illinois Education, A Small Sign of Hope

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Any casual newspaper reader has probably noticed that the educational system in Illinois is on the verge of meltdown.

CPS Wants To Lay Off Worst Teachers First; Union Opposed

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Chicago Public Schools layoffs loom in response to a roughly half-billion-dollar budget deficit, schools chief Ron Huberman is proposing to circumv...