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.
November 23, 2015
An engineer who became a school principal suggests that school leaders, like engineers, take an oath to uphold their responsibility to humanity.
November 20, 2015
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.
November 19, 2015
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.
I’m often asked — by friends, television hosts, people I’ve just met — whether Chicago’s public schools have gotten any better after decades of reform. I know they’d like a simple yes or no, but I find neither satisfying. Rather, it’s been more like yes and no, or two steps forward, one step back.
“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.”
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.