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In Chicago, neighborhoods are a way to categorize a person. If you live in a bad neighborhood, you are automatically considered to be a bad person; if you live in a good neighborhood, you must be a good person.
But here's one problem: I reside in Pilsen, and I’m not a bad person. Read more »
What do you have if you put together a prominent landlord, $300 million in development projects and apartments without heat? Today, tune in to the Barbershop Show on Vocalo at noon, when we'll look into what the conditions are in subsidized housing managed by one polarizing figure on the South Sider--Leon Finney Jr.
CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has said that charter schools will not escape tough scrutiny of their performance--including the threat of closure--and that School Board members would consider taking action against one or two charters at the December board meeting. Read more »
The findings paint a sobering picture of minority under-representation, statewide, in the teaching profession: Just 54 percent of Illinois students are white, but 89 percent of teachers are. Read more »
CPS' new point man on school actions faced an angry crowd of about 60 people at the first community hearing on proposed guidelines for school closings. Not only were many audience members opposed to school closings, they were also skeptical that Oliver Sicat, the chief portfolio officer, would have the power to make changes based on their feedback. Read more »
If you live in Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Nevada or Vermont and work a minimum wage job, you'll get a little extra in your paycheck come 2012. Illinois workers won't be so lucky. Read more »
Preschool and the primary grades lay an educational foundation for children’s schooling, but chronic absenteeism in the early grades can crack that foundation—and in CPS, 15 percent of children in preschool through 3rd grade missed a month or more of school in 2010. A new study will shed more light on the problem and point the way toward solutions. Read more »
A smaller Chicago is seeing a greater percentage of its residents slip into poverty. That’s one of the takeaways from new city- and state-level data the U.S. Census Bureau released last week. The number of poor people in Chicago leaped by more than 40,000 between the 2000 Census and the 2010 American Community Survey, from 556,791 to Read more »