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Emanuel asking city 'sister agencies' to join $13 minimum wage push

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today continued to position himself as a supporter of wage increases for workers, taking the largely symbolic step of calling on the Chicago Public Schools and other city "sister agencies" to require contractors to pay their workers at least $13 an hour.

CPS: Enrollment numbers won't lead to school budget cuts

In the second year of a divisive per-pupil funding formula, Chicago Public Schools officials are again telling principals their school budgets won't be cut even if the school’s enrollment fails to meet projections.

BGA: Chicago Public Schools "willfully and intentionally" delaying FOIA requests

Andy Shaw at the Better Government Association says the organization has filed a lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools for "willfully and intentionally" keeping Freedom of Information Act requests from reaching the BGA in a timely manner. From...Show More Summary

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the name-dropper

Obama's Name Dropped from Planned CPS High School —headline yesterday in DNAinfo Chicago September 18, 2014: Mayor Emanuel announced today that the city will honor President Barack Obama by not naming a Chicago Public School after him. Show More Summary

Teachers: Poor Leadership, Inflammatory Coverage Diminish Public Perceptions

Veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher and blogger Ray Salazar -- who recently explained why he chose a charter school for one of his children -- now has an interesting take on yesterday's PDK/Gallup poll results on his blog (Three reasons people don’t trust teachers). Show More Summary

5 Life Skills to Teach Black Boys: A Parent's Addendum to the Common Core

More than 55 million American schoolchildren enrolled in public and private schools are back in school this month. In Chicago alone, 400,000 Chicago Public School students entered classrooms for the first time for a new school year. My son is one of those millions, as he recently entered first grade in Montgomery County, MD. Show More Summary

Chicago schools filthy with rodents, roaches, garbage — principals say

School reformers today, operating under the illusion that the private sector can do just about everything better and cheaper than government institutions, have been working to privatize public education by contracting out to private entities key operations of schools — and often entire schools. Such a move with the custodial force in Chicago Public Schools has, […]

Chicago schools filthy with rodents, roaches, garbage — principals say

School reformers today, operating under the illusion that the private sector can do just about everything better and cheaper than government institutions, have been working to privatize public education by contracting out to private entities key operations of schools — and often entire schools. Such a move with the custodial force in Chicago Public Schools has, […]

Alderman calls for hearings on teen sleep deprivation

A longtime alderman is calling for hearings on sleep deprivation in teenagers and the possibility of changing the start times of Chicago public schools to help students get more rest.

How civic hackers are helping local journalism

CHICAGO, IL — Last year, when Chicago Public Schools released a list of 129 schools slated for possible closure, the move triggered an avalanche of criticism from parent groups, teachers unions, and other stakeholders from all around the city. Show More Summary

CPS students -- and politicians -- head back to school

More than 400,000 students headed back to Chicago public schools today, and many had politicians on hand to welcome them to class.

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

Headline of a piece on NPR - Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford Excerpt: Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number...Show More Summary

IL: CTA Offering Free Back-to-School Rides to Chicago Elementary, High School Students

The transit agency is once again providing free rides to elementary and high school students on Tuesday, the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools. Adults accompanying students can also ride for free.

Another $10 Million Gone

He just keeps finding money : As he prepared to speak alongside gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program, allowing...Show More Summary

Emanuel allies send loyalty scorecard to aldermanic challengers

A political fund backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assembled a scorecard for would-be Chicago City Council candidates to gauge their views on key issues such as property taxes, public schools and the minimum wage.

State announces $10 million for CPS' Safe Passage program

The state of Illinois is adding $10 million to the Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage anti-violence program, according to the offices of the governor and mayor.

Vallas Goes Full Scare Tactincs

How far the reformer has fallen: Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate Wednesday predicted “devastating cuts” to education across Illinois, including an $882 million hit to Chicago's public schools, if Republican Bruce Rauner’s tax-cut plan is carried out. Show More Summary

Chicago Students Want a Democratic School System

In 1995, Richard M. Daley convinced the Illinois General Assembly to do away with elected school councils and place the Chicago Public Schools directly under the mayor's control. Since then, CPS has operated under a model in which the...

Former CEO of company with Georgia ties indicted in Chicago

A little over a year, I wrote about a Redflex Traffic Systems, a company that specializes in traffic cameras. The Arizona-based company was awarded a contract from the Gwinnett County Public Schools to install cameras in its school buses. As noted at the time, Redflex has a pretty sordid past. The company was barred from […]

The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

Announcements played overhead at Chicago Metra stations urged customers to participate in the transit company's drive to collect school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, rulers, glue, crayons, markers, erasers and more. Show More Summary

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