The Noble Network of Charter Schools has grown into a district within a district, with its own sports league, teacher-training program and a growing army of alumni spreading the brand. But its expansion comes with increased public scrutiny and internal questioning about whether its core tenets work for all students.
February 5, 2016
The last time CPS finances imploded, arts education took a devastating blow. Will three decades' worth of organizing and policy change protect the arts now?
February 5, 2016
Thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters marched through downtown Chicago on Thursday, protesting $75 million in school cuts planned to take place by the end of June. CTU and Chicago Public Schools officials have a bargaining session Friday to continue working toward a contract agreement.
February 4, 2016
Chicago Public Schools will pay more for new debt, but district leaders say they needed to borrow to “mitigate our cash flow challenges” through the end of the school year. Meanwhile, students who took the controversial PARCC test on paper scored higher than those who took the computer version.
Charter schools present the most controversial and divisive issue I’ve encountered in 36 years of education reporting. Supporters passionately defend charters, and opponents fiercely attack them, leaving little room for rational consideration of their merits and shortcomings, and what role they might best play in a school district’s game plan. In this issue, we hope to bring some measure of clarity to the debate by illuminating the issues through the experiences of one charter network and school communities that have rallied to compete against charters.
Chicago Public Schools intends to cut $75 million from school budgets before the end of June. But district and Chicago Teachers Union officials will continue to negotiate a contract deal.
Leaders from the Chicago Teachers Union and Board of Education say they want to return to the bargaining table.