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Chicago Public Schools Faces Devastating Cuts Next Year

Looks like more layoffs, increased class sizes, and an even further shrinking of already undersized resources are all on the way. [ more › ]

A Chicago Public School Has Had Its Water Shut Off Due To Lead

Six other schools had detectable lead in their water supply, but not enough to violate federal recommendations. [ more › ]

How one open data advocate is influencing the discussion about Chicago Public Schools

Jeanne Marie Olson is not a journalist. She will be the first to tell you that. And she will repeat it several times in a single conversation to make sure you understand. But Olson is a Chicago-based researcher and a fierce open data advocate, one who’s committed to making information about the city school system more accessible and holding government...

Attorney: Judge Would Put Chicago Public Schools' Bankruptcy On 'Short Leash'

Should the historic budget cuts being planned by Chicago Public Schools not prevent it from going bust, the idea of bankruptcy looms as a possibility. And should that occur, the judge to whom the case is assigned will play a key role, observers say. His or her rolein administering the case [...]

Chicago Public Schools to Punish Employees, Students, Who Use Wrong Transgender Terms

Chicago Public Schools have introduced new guidelines in support of transgender students, threatening to punish employees or students who purposefully use the wrong terms when addressing transgender people.

This Cities Schools ‘Compel’ Kids To Use Transgender Language…Or Face Punishment

Chicago Public Schools are warning employees – and even students – that they will be reprimanded if they don’t use government-directed language when debating or talking about sex and gender.

Inspiring Public School Principal Can’t Help But Preach Christianity While On the Job

If you can change the culture at a high school in a rough community, you deserve plenty of praise, and Principal Michael McGrone of Rich South High School (just south of Chicago) has received plenty of it. But that culture change includes promoting Christianity to the students.

Kids in a Chicago school may be horrified by their new bathroom policy [VIDEO]

Chicago Public Schools are now mandating that restrooms, locker rooms and showers be open to ‘gender fluid’ individuals. If you thought crime was bad there before, you ain’t seen nothing

Chicago Schools Allow Transgender Kids to Use Bathrooms Based on 'Gender Identity'

Chicago Public Schools has announced its students, teachers and staff will be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities. DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society says CPS is taking away children's right to privacy, safety and religious freedom.

Chicago Families Move to Protect Their Kids’ Privacy and Safety

Fifty-one families signed on to a lawsuit seeking to change a dangerous restroom policy enacted by a Chicago-area public school. It allows students to use the restroom of the gender which with they say they “identify.” It would give boys access to girls restrooms, locker rooms and showers. Show More Summary

Are District Schools Entitled to Teach Other People's Children?

On April 1, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out on their jobs six weeks ahead of the official date by which they could call a strike. Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president Karen Lewis said she didn't know or care if the...Show More Summary

Chicago Public Schools Have A New Transgender-Friendly Bathroom Policy

Trans students can now use the bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identities. [ more › ]

Chicago just joined a growing class of school districts making groundbreaking decisions about their locker rooms

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's public school system said on Tuesday it would allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. The move by the third-largest U.S. public school system...Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: New Play About Teachers At A Closing Chicago School

Watch some snippets from a Chicago play about a closing school that seems to take place in a teachers' lounger (The Last Days of a Chicago Public School) via WNYC.

The Danger of the DIY Retirement Savings Plan

The debate around our cover story and middle-class money continues. Damon Jones, a professor the at University of Chicago School of Public Policy, adds that saving for retirement is a different process than in generations past: One of the most important financial decisions we face is saving for retirement. Show More Summary

Chicago Public Schools expands program to clean up schools

Chicago Public Schools is responding to complaints about unclean buildings by doubling the size of a maintenance program run by a firm partly controlled by former NBA superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson, a financial supporter of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The district said Thursday it eventually plans to...

First Nighter: Ike Holter's 'Exit Strategy' About Failing Public Schools Not Sufficiently Strategic

Since Ike Holter's Exit Strategy, a Primary Stages production at the Cherry Lane, takes place in a foundering Chicago high school called Tumbldn, you wouldn't be surprised to encounter at least a few students dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Show More Summary

CPS bribery scandal figure pleads guilty, faces up to 5 years in prison

A second figure in the bribery scandal that brought down former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty to federal charges on Tuesday. Thomas Vranas, a co-owner of the SUPES Academy education training firm at the center of the scandal, pleaded guilty to a single count of...

Whitney Young High School teacher wins Golden Apple award

Getting assigned to Todd Katz's classroom is like holding the winning lotto ticket. The Chicago Public Schools teacher known for sharing his passion for protecting the environment with students was awarded Monday with the prestigious Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. Katz, who teaches...

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