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

16 hours agoNews : 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

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...

Rahm Poisons Children

Just following the media lead, blaming someone else for a problem that has been ongoing for years, but because it's politically expedient, saddling the police the mayor anyone else for the problem: As Chicago Public Schools preparedShow More Summary

History Not A Guide For Possible Chicago Public Schools Bankruptcy

Only four school districts have declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the past 62 years, and two of those abandoned the process, says a municipal bankruptcy expert asked about the possibility of Chicago Public Schools doing the same. CPS, the nation’s third-largest school district, faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit and [...]

Chicago Public Schools’ Use Of Outdated Football Equipment Could Lead To Future Lawsuits

Last football season, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) escaped a potential doomsday scenario when Cook County Judge Leroy K. Martin, Jr. dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by former Chicago high school athlete, Alex Pierscionek, who alleged that the organization’s concussion polices were negligent and dangerous. Show More Summary

How Cooley High and Good Times shone a spotlight on Chicago Public Schools

Editor's note: The Reader-has teamed up with Renata Cherlise, the founder of Blvck Vrchives, "a curated visual journey through history," to create multimedia narratives of black life in Chicago using the Sun-Times archive. This week's feature explores the real Cooley High and the 1975 film of the same name. …

Chicago Public School For Disabled Kids Has Lead Levels 70X Higher Than Allowed

This is especially troubling because the school serves young kids, who are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. [ more › ]

Chicago Public School Students Are Learning How Outsider Art Can Combat Hate

last monthNews : Huffington Post

The genre known as outsider art is loosely tied together by a few guiding principles. First, outsider artists are not typically trained in a traditional or academic way. Second, outsider artists usually work outside of the mainstream art world and its historical precedents. Show More Summary

Do Not Go Gentle into That Gender Neutral Bathroom

On May 3, 2016, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced in a press release the implementation of new guidelines for transgender individuals, which allows for a welcoming and safe environment for all. “For the first time, CPS is providing...Show More Summary

Without State Funding, CPS May Not Open In The Fall

Chicago Public Schools warns they won't open in the fall if the cash-strapped district doesn't receive state funding. [ more › ]

This Ultra-Sustainable Public School Will Have Its Own Urban Farm

When you're eating lunch at Chicago's Academy for Global Citizenship, the food will be from just outside. In a couple of years, when third graders at a Chicago school go to math or science class, they may head outside to the school's new urban farm. Read Full Story

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: The Tragic Mismanagement of Chicago’s Public Schools. Chicago’s publi…

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: The Tragic Mismanagement of Chicago’s Public Schools. Chicago’s public school system is on the verge of facing financial insolvency, and it’s not because selfish taxpayers have been starving it of revenue—both the Windy City and the state of Illinois have significantly higher than average tax rates. Much of the school district’s acute […]

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