In some communities, parents, principals and politicians are banding together to invigorate neighborhood high schools in the face of stiff competition.
February 11, 2016
Three charter operators, including the UNO Network of Charter Schools and Intrinsic Schools, have expressed interest in applying for federal expansion money, and public hearings have been set for three charter schools appealing the CPS School Board’s decision to close them this year.
February 9, 2016
District-run schools are being asked to cut a total of $26 million from their budgets for this school year. Principals were told to avoid cutting classroom teachers and special education staff.
February 9, 2016
A democratic organization is supposed to be governed by and for its members, yet a bargaining committee of the Chicago Teachers Union flatly rejected a proposed contract offer from the Chicago Public Schools without consulting their teachers.
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 Principals & Administrators Association President Clarice Berry will be leaving her position, while Matt Lyons has joined Chicago Public Schools as chief talent officer.
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?