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CPS Expanding Sex Education To Students As Young As 5

Posted 03.05.2013 | Chicago

Is five years old too young to begin receiving sex education lessons? Last week, Chicago Public Schools' Board of Education approved expanding sexu...

The Night That We Were Shocked... That We Were Shocked by CPS

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.03.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Our skin has become thicker. From Chicago. Thicker from the winters. Thicker from the corruption The lies and double speak. From sacrifices demanded by our city.

'We Have Been Respectful. Now, Let Us Be Clear'

Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.04.2013 | Chicago
Will Guzzardi

You have said you want to hear community input. Well, our community could not be clearer: we love Brentano and we want it kept open for our children.

As Kids Prepare for Tests, Parents Prepare to Leave

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago
Jacqueline Edelberg

Here we all are, waiting on pins and needles for the CPS computer to spit out a letter informing us if our kids made it into one of Chicago's selective enrollment high schools -- about as likely as the Cubs winning the World Series.

Hope in Change

Tim King | Posted 04.30.2013 | Crime
Tim King

Our changes must go beyond simple gun control; they must be thoughtful, comprehensive and persistent. Controlling the proliferation of guns is important, but supporting educational and community programs are our best bet to break the cycle of violence.

Ed Today: Rahm Emanuel's Full-Day Kindergarten Push; Trouble For Renaissance Charter Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chicago Full-Day K? In the midst of much bitter infighting over school closures in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett are announcing an initiative that is perhaps aimed to quell the melee: all CPS schools will have full-day kindergarten, reports the Sun-Times. "The change will make full-day kindergarten available to 30,700 children next fall -- 4,200 more than this school year," the paper reports.

Healthy Chicago: Past, Present and Future

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Chicago
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

While individual behavior is important, it's a lot more important for us to change the way our City behaves. I believe we are well on our way to a healthier Chicago!

A Change of Heart on Charters for Alderman Moreno?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.17.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Public scrutiny may have given the alderman a change of heart regarding charter schools. This was not the first time his education policy preferences caused a backlash. This time, Moreno may have actually gotten the message.

Preliminary CPS School Closing List Roils Community Groups

Posted 02.14.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools' release of a preliminary list of 129 of the district's 681 schools that are eligible for closure by June was met with disgust ...

Ed Today: Chicago Public School Closure List Out; More SOTU Preschool Details

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chicago School Drama? Two notable things happened in Chicago Public Schools land on Wednesday. First, 39 or 50 aldermen (code for city councilmen) signed a resolution that calls for a moratorium on charter schools next year. (Sort of similar, ish, to the closure and colocation moratorium several New York City mayoral candidates signed onto.) More controversially, CPS released a list of 129 schools that could be eligible for closure, notes the Chicago Tribune..

129 Schools Named To Preliminary CPS Closure List

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Two days ahead of the release of a preliminary list of Chicago Public Schools that are slated to be closed, Alderman Proco "Joe" More...

CPS: All Testing, All the Time

Claire Wapole | Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

Continuously requiring children to prep and sit for standardized tests is not the same at teaching them. What's more, the scores derived from all those tests do not give the school board an adequate picture of any child, struggling or exceeding.

Every Student Is Capable

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif The first day that we walked in the classroom we realized that our job would not be easy. Half of the students were absent while many others were walking in late or walking out during the middle of the class.

Charter School Transcends Demographics and Resurrects Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the Academy for Global Citizenship's Sarah Elizabeth Ippel - the core of her amazing efforts have developed into a learning lab for broader systemic change in the community.

Lasting Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Robert Koehler

No one "in charge" has a commitment to actual, holistic change -- you know, to the creation of a lasting peace -- because, whatever that might mean, it would be asking too much. What we need is transformation.

The Crisis in Chicago

Chris Williams | Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

This may be easier said than done, but an effort must be made on all fronts by those in power to prevent more senseless deaths. Enough is enough. Too many black children have died. It is time to end this madness once and for all.

Mr. Stieber, Protests Aren't on the MAP Test!

Dave Stieber | Posted 04.07.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Educators all across the country have been saying for years that these tests are a waste of educational time. The tests are often flawed, they are expensive for the district, and they decrease the students desire to attend school.

A Misguided Civil Rights Movement?

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 02.04.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overh...

Digital Exclusion in the Chicago Public Schools

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.03.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Technology is great when it is used to connect people, but can be detrimental when used for its own sake. It's even more dangerous when it is used to exclude people who already feel ignored.

Testing Kills the Joy of Teaching and Learning

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Since NCLB was first implemented, there has not been a moment of reflection for policy makers to determine if these tests are in any way improving teaching and learning. This sorely needed reflection can start by visiting a classroom.

Tensions Boil Over At CPS School Closure Hearing

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Tensions were high at a Monday Chicago Public Schools hearing on school closures as community members loudly voiced their opposition to CPS shuttering...

CPS Email Directs Parents To 'Naughty' Erotic Website

Posted 01.25.2013 | Chicago

A number of parents of Chicago Public Schools students got a surprise on Thursday when an e-mail intended to inform them of changes to the Illinois St...

Touring 'Half-Empty' CPS Schools

WBEZ | Posted 01.22.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Public School leaders say 137 of their schools are sitting half-empty—with way too few students. When they talk about closing schools to mak...

CPS High Schools Safe From Closures List Chopping Block

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Several Chicago Public Schools are breathing a sigh of relief after education officials announced high schools would be spared from the list of school...

Duncan: You Can't Teach Kids Scared Of Being Killed

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 01.17.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Too many students worry more about being killed by a gun than learning in the classroom, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Thursda...