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Chicago 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...

Chicago School Closings a Blow to Parental Involvement?

Lorraine Forte | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Journalists are often criticized for supposedly focusing on "bad news" and ignoring the positive. Yet in reality, we're happy to report good news -- if the evidence backs it up.

Forget School Supply Drives; Chicago Schools Need Toilet Paper

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

In some cash-strapped Chicago schools, no resource can be taken for granted -- not even toilet paper. Nicholas Sposato, alderman of Chicago’s 36...

Family Fighting To Keep Olympic Legend's Name On School

Posted 08.23.2013 | Chicago

As Chicago Public Schools endures a PR nightmare over parent protests, "safe passage" violence and budget woes, the district continued its spiral when...

CPS Looks To Open More Charter Schools After Closing 50 Public Ones

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

Chicago recently shut down 50 of its schools in the largest single wave of public school closures in history. So why is the city now trying to open mo...

49 Schools Closed, Now What?

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Edelberg

In the midst of the current finger-pointing, vitriol, political might and gut-wrenching sadness surrounding Chicago's impending school closures, one might easily conclude that the fate of education is beyond our control. It is not.

CPS Closings Worry Residents In Poor Neighborhoods

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- To Carolyn Lang, West Pullman Elementary is more than the school across the street her children attended a quarter-century ago. It's where...

How the ALEC Agenda Forced Chicago's School Closings

Carl Gibson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Chicago
Carl Gibson

Many school systems, like those in Chicago, are funded through property taxes. This obviously leads to schools in wealthier neighborhoods having more resources than schools in poorer neighborhoods, like the ones Rahm Emanuel closed this year.

Judge: CPS Can Proceed With Mass School Shutdown Plan

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) - An Illinois judge on Wednesday allowed Chicago to proceed with the closing of 50 publi...

$20 Million Chicago Schools Contract Raises Questions

Lorraine Forte | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Quietly and without public fanfare, the Chicago Board of Education recently awarded a contract to a small for-profit company that CPS officials say is the best bet to provide high-quality training for principals and mid-level administrators.

WATCH: Former Bush Cabinet Member Talks Education's Greatest Problems, Solutions

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact

At a time when there exists an unequal distribution of high-quality teachers and public school closures are being labeled as human rights violations, ...

UN Encouraged To Take Action After Chicago School Closures

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.26.2013 | Chicago

A Midwest human rights group is concerned that school closures in Chicago could result in human rights violations -– and they want the United Nation...

CPS Budget Outlook Not Good Despite Cuts, School Closings

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago

By Brendan O'Brien July 24 (Reuters) - Chicago's public schools on Wednesday forecast a record $1 billion fiscal 2014 budget deficit d...

Emperor Arne Has No Clothes

Matt Farmer | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

It was an "emperor has no clothes" moment in public education, and it took place on July 18 in a federal courtroom in Chicago. The "emperor" in question was none other than Arne Duncan.

CPS Official: Race Not Driving School Closing Plan

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An official for the nation's third-largest school district defended closing about 50 Chicago public schools, saying the decision was d...

Hearing On CPS School Closing Lawsuits Begins

Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago

A federal judge on Tuesday will hear testimony in the opening day of an injunction hearing aimed at halting the closure of 50 Chicago public schools. ...

Amid Massive School Closures, CPS Plans To Open Schools For Dropouts

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.27.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread pro...

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...

Rebecca Klein

LOOK: Haunting Photographs Of Closed And Abandoned Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts

The city that Katrina Ohstrom calls home is going through a crisis –- and she is determined to document it. After Philadelphia’s School Reform...

Protesters March Against CPS Budget Cuts, School Closings

Posted 06.21.2013 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: DOWNTOWN — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent proposal to fund a DePaul arena with TIF money was a ...

When Karen Lewis speakers, Chicago listens... and responds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Nobody these days stirs instant controversy in Chicago (and in education reform circles nationally) than Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis....

CPS Schools May Be Forced To Choose Between Teachers, Toilet Paper

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

Education advocates in Chicago claim that recently announced budget cuts will force some schools to choose between two necessary resources: teachers o...

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 ...

School Protestors In Philadelphia Mount Hunger Strike

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

Earlene Bly, 46, is fasting and quitting cigarettes at the same time, but she said the simultaneous cold turkeys aren't bothering her. Instead of focu...

City Hiring 600 To Ensure Safe Passage For CPS Students To New Schools

AP | Posted 06.15.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago, which plans to close dozens of schools this summer to save money, has received 11,000 requests for help getting childr...