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Citing ‘flawed formula,’ CPS backtracks on special ed cuts

November 25, 2015 - 8:00pm
Chicago Public Schools officials announced that they would restore dozens of special education positions after reviewing the appeals of 260 principals who protested previously announced cuts.

Photos: At CTU rally, talk of strike looms large

November 24, 2015 - 1:45pm
Thousands attended a rally in Grant Park Monday night where Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said members were prepared to go on strike later this school year, if necessary.

All school leaders should take an oath of office

November 23, 2015 - 6:00am
An engineer who became a school principal suggests that school leaders, like engineers, take an oath to uphold their responsibility to humanity.

Mayor moves Ruiz from School Board to Park Board

November 20, 2015 - 4:48pm
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pulling Chicago School Board Vice President Jesse Ruiz from the School Board. Ruiz is the only Latino on the seven-member body, even though nearly half of CPS students are Latinos.

Harold Washington and the push for democratic school governance

November 20, 2015 - 3:00pm
Harold Washington fanned the flames of a movement for democratic school governance in Chicago. The fire has dimmed since his days as mayor in the 1980s. But a spark has recently been struck. Will it spread?

Take 5: Closing charters, ‘escaping’ neighborhood schools, paying for cops

November 19, 2015 - 11:02am
Three South Side charter schools will close at the end of the school year, following a unanimous vote by the CPS Board of Education to shutter them for poor performance.

Student protests over budget cuts have deep roots

November 18, 2015 - 3:37pm
“You don’t realize how much you love something until it’s kind of out of our reach,” said Jones junior Darcy Palder at a recent student rally. “And when I started realizing that we might not have those special classes that we love or those teachers who have helped us so much, I realized that we needed to do something.”

Four charter schools contest proposed closure

November 14, 2015 - 2:11pm
The CPS Board of Education will vote next week and in December about whether to close four underperforming charter schools. CPS officials say quality is the issue, but some question why the district's recommendation came so quickly after a new policy was adopted, and whether the district is trying to make room for new Noble and LEARN schools likely to open with new federal funding.

Chicago Schools: “Worst in the nation?”

November 13, 2015 - 3:00pm
The long history of a short phrase: Worst in the nation. It was 28 years ago that the U.S Secretary of Education branded Chicago with that assertion. And boy did it stick. Was he right?

Take 5: Brokering CTU contract, stolen bus passes, rating educators

November 12, 2015 - 10:58am
The Chicago Teachers Union plans to call an official fact-finding panel into contract negotiations later this month. Meanwhile, the United Neighborhood Organization says it may file for bankruptcy, threatening the education of thousands of charter students at six school buildings that it owns.

No quick fix to racial gaps in higher ed

November 11, 2015 - 2:31pm
Disparities in graduation rates at University of Missouri and other selective colleges point to persistent structural inequities.

Governor backtracks on cuts to state child care assistance, but not completely

November 9, 2015 - 5:39pm
Following months of public outcry and protests by child care advocates, the governor raises the maximum income a family could earn and still be eligible.

Chicago lead way on charter school unions

November 6, 2015 - 3:35pm
While efforts to organize teachers in charter schools are just getting off the ground nationally, Chicago has a relatively long history of unionized charter schools.

Report raises concerns about principal turnover

November 6, 2015 - 11:21am
Chicago Public Schools has tried a multitude of ways to keep good principals from leaving. But a recent survey indicates that school leaders are unhappy about district bureaucracy -- and many plan to start looking for new jobs soon.

Take 5: Straw vote strike, social impact bonds, more Byrd-Bennett fallout

November 5, 2015 - 11:58am
The Chicago Teachers Union is organizing a "practice strike vote" today, as educators worry about the possibility of up to 5,000 mid-year layoffs. And Illinois is about to launch its own "social impact bond program" even though there's big questions about whether these private-public partnerships are a good deal for local governments.

CPS now says it may close Montefiore, Marine Academy

November 3, 2015 - 10:25pm
Chicago Public Schools now says it will consider closing schools with zero students, meaning Montefiore and Marine Academy. In addition, CPS officials are considering proposals to consolidate schools in the Ogden-Jenner, Austin and Morton-Dodge communities.

Tenured educators get high marks on evaluations

November 3, 2015 - 1:05pm
Chicago Public Schools issued ratings for educators last month, and most tenured teachers received high marks. The ratings will be used in part to determine layoff order if, as district officials have warned, there are as many as 5,000 layoffs later this year due to economic reasons.

Superintendents elsewhere caught up in SUPES

October 31, 2015 - 9:12am
Dozens of superintendents and other high-level district officials from across the country consulted for SUPES in the crooked deal that got former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in trouble. And in some cases -- from St. Louis and Huntsville, Ala., to Baltimore and Prince George's counties in Maryland -- those officials work at districts that have also had SUPES contracts.

Comings & Goings: Marmer, De Hoyos-Acosta, Meadvin

October 30, 2015 - 4:18pm
Ronald Marmer was named the new CPS general counsel, and Jose Alfonso de Hoyos-Acosta is the new chief administrative officer.

Will school choice kill Chicago’s neighborhood high schools?

October 30, 2015 - 3:00pm
Chicago's nascent movement to strengthen neighborhood high schools isn't just fighting charter expansion; it runs counter to a long history of high school choice.


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