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Boot camp-style schools teach code to career switchers

A year ago, Peggy Fox was analyzing grades and other data on student performance for Chicago Public Schools in a grant-funded position that was about to expire. Now Fox, 28, of Lincoln Square, is a month out of a 19-week computer programming "boot camp" and is building an app that helps those hopping on a Divvy bike map out rides. Show More Summary

Inaugural survey of American attitudes about the environment released by Yale & AP-NORC

Chicago, IL, and New Haven, CT, December 12, 2014 - The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research today released the first set of findings from its inaugural environment poll. Show More Summary

The real debate about Chicago schools

Two challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel — 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia — have released education platforms this week. It's safe to say their priorities do not mirror what Chicago Public Schools has done during Emanuel's tenure.

School Lunches Are Gross But I Make My Kids Eat Them Anyway

Post by Amy Reiter Ugh. School lunches. The drumbeat to make them healthier for our kids is growing increasingly louder. For example, Sarah Wu is a Chicago public school teacher who wrote a blog under the pseudonym Ms. Q. and recorded all the repulsive cafeteria meals she consumed, alongside her students, for a year. Show More Summary

No Lovin' Feeling... for Science Fair

Hard to believe, but at one point in my life I was actually eager for my kids to participate in the Science Fair. So help me, it's true. I loved being in the Chicago Public School Science Fair when I was a kid. One year I even won my school competition and went on to compete at the district level. Show More Summary

Helping CPS students to and through college

Back in 2006, the University of Chicago calculated that just 8 out of every 100 freshmen in Chicago Public Schools eventually earn a college degree. That was a dismal gauge of Chicago's future. While not everyone is destined for college, people who do have a bachelor's degree have much higher...

Chicago summer jobs program for high school students dramatically reduces youth violence

A public summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania. The randomized controlled trial is published in the journal Science. read more

Midday News Links: Maintenance Costs For Shuttered CPS Schools Adding Up

Shuttered Chicago Public Schools are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain, with electric bills at some as high as when they were in use. [ more › ]

Chicago Public Schools’ $100 Million Swaps Debacle Demonstrates High Cost of High Finance

I've been late to write up an important series published by the Chicago Tribune earlier this month on a costly swaps misadventure by the Chicago Public Schools. Like all too many state and local government entities, the Chicago Public...Show More Summary

Not another test! Yes, but a valuable one

Chicago Public Schools officials and a high-powered group of suburban educators are pleading with state officials to put the brakes on a tough new standardized test that Illinois students are scheduled to take this spring. Some schools say they don't have the technical wherewithal to administer...

Alderman: Committee to probe CPS' use of bond deals

The Chicago City Council’s Education and Child Development Committee will hold a hearing to examine Chicago Public Schools’ borrowing practices, committee chair Ald. Latasha Thomas said Wednesday.

Chicago Public Schools To Teach ‘Safe Anal Sex’ To Fourth Graders?

A rumored plan by the Chicago Public Schools to teach “safe anal sex” and other unconventional sex topics to fourth graders has made its rounds on the internet. According to circulating stories, parents were allegedly appalled to find...Show More Summary

Chicago Public Schools Teach 5th-Graders About “Safe” Anal Sex

It is absolutely essential that education be pried loose from the claws of Big Government and Big Unions. Otherwise children will continue to be educated by liberals. For a graphic

Binders Full of Women's Condoms

4 weeks agoOdd : Snopes

Did Chicago Public Schools plan to teach "safe anal sex" and other sexually explicit topics to fourth or fifth graders?

Emanuel: Too late to recoup potential losses on CPS bonds

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that it's too late to try to recoup any of the money from burdensome interest payments that Chicago Public Schools made after issuing risky auction-rate bonds.

Chicago Public Schools: A teaching moment about risk

In recent years Chicago Public Schools joined the rest of the country in getting scorched by the Great Recession. It looks like the district got outplayed by its bankers too. "Borrowing Trouble," a three-part series by the Tribune's Jason Grotto and Heather Gillers, explored how CPS, under...

CPS must recover losses from toxic financial deals

Two years ago Chicago Public Schools officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel claimed they had to close more than 100 schools to save money. It turns out that the costs of the closings, along with the installation of countless Safe Passage routes to protect children moved to new schools, have far...

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. As a teacher in Chicago Public Schools I am writing to ask readers, and the community of the city of Chicago, for help. Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last...Show More Summary

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. As a teacher in Chicago Public Schools I am writing to ask readers, and the community of the city of Chicago, for help. Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last...Show More Summary

Emergency supplies of epinephrine in schools save lives

According to a new study, stock epinephrine was used on 38 children and adults in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) during the 2012-13 school year for severe anaphylactic emergencies. According to the study, CPS was the first large urban school district in the United States to develop and implement a comprehensive stock epinephrine policy in accordance with state guidelines.

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