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The Political Theater of Chicago Teacher Layoffs

It’s difficult to take sides in the ongoing feud between the city of Chicago and its public school employees. Everyone agrees the district is a financial mess, though they vigorously disagree about who is to blame and what is to be done. More than 1,000 employees were laid off this month, about half of them […]

This Makes Sense

In Bizarro World: Chicago Public Schools has 1,000 teaching vacancies to fill before the 2016-2017 school year begins on Sept. 6. The district held a career fair Wednesday at the South Shore Cultural Center.... But just twelve days ago,...Show More Summary

How Racist & Discriminatory Layoffs Are Made

I recognize the point these protesters are making is that no layoffs should be made, but I think it’s relevant to note exactly what procedures are used in the Chicago Public Schools system, according to its collective bargaining agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union. If changes in an attendance center or program require the lay off […]

Librarians Continue Disappearing From Chicago Schools

Topic: Libraries In 2012, Chicago Public Schools had 454 librarian positions in the budget. That dropped to 313 in 2013 and 252 in 2014. Last year there were 217 library positions in the budget. This year, there are just 160 librarians budgeted. “Less than 300 librarians was crazy,” Wiltse said. Show More Summary

Mom Outraged After 6-Year-Old Handcuffed For Allegedly Taking Candy Off Teacher’s Desk, Excessive?

One Chicago mother is seeking justice for her 6-year-old daughter following a daunting school experience where she ended up in handcuffs. According to The Root, Marlena Wordlow has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Public School system on Thursday, behalf of her daughter, Madisyn Moore. Show More Summary

Outraged Mom Sues Chicago Public Schools Claiming 6-Year-Old Daughter Was Handcuffed for Taking Candy 

A Chicago mother filed a lawsuit Thursday against Chicago Public Schools, claiming her 6-year-old daughter was handcuffed at school as punishment for taking candy off a teacher’s desk, WLS reports. The alleged incident, at Fernwood Elementary, dates back to March, but Marlena Wordlow says she felt no one at CPS was giving her justice, the […]

Chicago school guard handcuffs 6-year-old because she stole a piece of candy: lawsuit

last weekNews : The Raw Story

A Chicago woman sued the local public school district on Thursday after her six-year-old daughter was put in handcuffs by a school security guard for allegedly taking a piece of candy. According to Marlena Wordlow, the incident at Fernwood Elementary School in March has caused her daughter, Madisyn...

Morning Audio: Chicago Parents Debate School Integration Plan

Gold Coast, Cabrini-Green skl merger thwarted by officials, but some in comm still want it https://t.co/DOWRT3pY39 pic.twitter.com/EqPxVgI3G2 — WBEZeducation (@WBEZeducation) August 4, 2016 Chicago Public Radio's Becky Vevea has a long...Show More Summary

Nonprofit owner plans a merger for two pioneering Chicago magazines

For more than a quarter-century, the Chicago-based newsmagazine Catalyst has focused exclusively on the city’s public school system, the third largest in the nation. Although it never had a large staff, Catalyst’s coverage of the schools was more detailed than most of the major news outlets, even those with dedicated education reporters. Show More Summary

Chicago Teachers Want Their Governor To Know That They Definitely Know How To Read

last monthNews : Huffington Post

Chicago teachers are most definitely not illiterate, and they want their governor to know it. Emails released this week by The Chicago Tribune reveal that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) called half of Chicago Public School teachers “virtually illiterate” in 2011, before he was governor. Show More Summary

3 Steps To Responding To America's Turmoil

Earlier this week I was in Chicago, which sadly has become synonymous with gun violence. There, I keynoted a conference of 1,100 public school communications officers, who, like many Americans, are deeply troubled by the recent tragedies in Baton Rouge, Dallas and Orlando, among others. Show More Summary

Schools Are Racing To Test Their Water For Lead

last monthNews : Huffington Post

It may have started in Portland, where elevated levels of lead were found in the drinking water at two public elementary schools last month. High levels were later detected in more schools. Schools in Chicago, Atlanta, D.C. and other...Show More Summary

A lousy way to evaluate teachers

Sent to the Chicago Sun Times, June 29, 2016The Chicago Public Schools have decided that student scores on the PARCC test will be used as part of teacher evaluation ("PARCC will count in CPS teacher and school ratings," June 29).Everything is wrong with this plan. Show More Summary

This User-Friendly Tool Gets You In The Know Before You Vote

With the presidential primary election looming, Chicago public school teacher Megan Augustiny introduced her high school civics students to BallotReady, an online guide to down-ballot races. (Think: state attorney, judgeships, city council -- candidates that first-time voters in her class had never heard of, but would soon be electing to office). Show More Summary

Once Allies, Rauner and Rahm Now Enemies on Chicago Public Schools

"Instead of doing the hard work of fixing Illinois' broken education funding formula, Bruce Rauner has wasted 18 months of his term holding the entire state hostage in the name of workers' compensation and right to work. After all that...Show More Summary

CPS to Pay Pension....

....and then they're out of money? The Chicago Public Schools will make a $676 million payment to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund due Thursday even though that massive payment will leave the nearly bankrupt school system with just $24 million in the bank.“Chicago Public Schools will make that pension payment.... Show More Summary

Chicago Is Pushing For A Massive Bailout Of Its Public School System

It is well known that Chicago's pension liabilities have completely decimated the city's finances and currently stand at close to $20 billion. Faced with a significant challenge of meeting funding obligations as a result of a 2010 state...Show More Summary

Mayor Emanuel Wants The City To Buy Chicago Public Schools Debt

Schools chief Forest Claypool has stated that schools might not open on time this fall if the state fails to pass a budget that provides funding for the district. [ more › ]

ZIP code profile: 60169

The 60169 ZIP code comprises the village of Hoffman Estates, about an hour drive from Chicago. Part of Cook County, Hoffman Estates is home to Poplar Creek Country Club and James B. Conant High School, a public high school with a 9/10 rating on Greatschools...

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