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.
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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.
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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.
February 8, 2016
Chicago Principals & Administrators Association President Clarice Berry will be leaving her position, while Matt Lyons has joined Chicago Public Schools as chief talent officer.
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.
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?
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.