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Statewide Lead Testing Mandate For Schools & Day Care Signed Into Law

A test of Chicago Public Schools found more than 350 water sources with lead levels that exceeded federal standards. [ more › ]

Ah, The Good Old Days

“This could be the beginning of a promising new period for public education in this country,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. …In Chicago, Duncan set his sights on reducing the dropout rate, reducing school violence and creating successful new schools. Show More Summary

Cancer authority pulls together the principles, practice and ethics of cancer care

(University of Chicago Medical Center) Selected publications by Samuel Hellman, M.D., former physician-in-chief at the nation's top cancer center, former chair of radiation therapy at the Harvard Medical School and past president of two of the most influential cancer organizations, collected in a new book from Oxford Press.

BLUE MODEL BLUES: Desperate Chicago School System Looks to Shield Debt from Potential Bankruptcy. …

BLUE MODEL BLUES: Desperate Chicago School System Looks to Shield Debt from Potential Bankruptcy. Facing junk-bond status as it drowns in underfunded pension obligations, the Chicago public school system is trying to induce investors to buy its debt through an accounting scheme that will (theoretically) allow the bonds to keep paying interest even if the […]

An Immersive Play That Transports You to a Chicago Public High School

In ninth grade, I transferred to a new school and spent the first few months eating lunch alone in a bathroom stall. Things got better, I made friends, and I now look back on high school fondly. But I was reminded of that painful ritual...Show More Summary

Michelle Obama mural planned for South Side Chicago school

Local artist wants to celebrate the First Lady with public painting In an effort to help Chicago students find a role model to look up to, local artist Chris Devins decided to literally elevate someone from the community. His planned...Show More Summary

New Cook County jobs program: A Band-Aid fix for a gaping wound

Young people in Chicago's toughest neighborhoods are stuck. The public schools are in shambles. Kids drop out instead of graduating. If they do graduate, they're unlikely to get into college. They probably can't find a good job, either. That means they're likely unemployed long term, perhaps scraping by on welfare. Show More Summary

CPS Cancels Haunted House That Would Have Depicted Pulse Nightclub Shooting

A Chicago Public School has thankfully canceled plans to host a "Christian"-themed haunted house that took gruesome inspiration from the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. [ more › ]

Chicago Public School Cancels 'Christian' Haunted House Depicting Orlando LGBT Mass Shooting

Click here for reuse options! Seriously, what is wrong with people? A public Chicago elementary school has cancelled a Christian haunted house after learning that the event would include depictions of mass shootings. According to Windy...Show More Summary

Chicago Elementary School Cancels Haunted House Depicting Pulse Nightclub Shooting

3 months agoLifestyle / Parenting : Mommyish

A haunted house at a public school was supposed to have scenes featuring the Pulse nightclub attack. More » Chicago Elementary School Cancels Haunted House Depicting Pulse Nightclub Shooting is a post from Mommyish - Parenting Imperfect.

'Christian' Haunted House That Was to Depict Pulse Shooting Canceled

The event, to be presented by a supposedly Christian producer, was to be held at a Chicago public school.

Chicago Elementary School Cancels Christian Haunted House Depicting Pulse Night Club Shooting

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Fernwood Elementary School in Chicago was all set to co-host a so-called “Christian” haunted house that included a recreation of the Pulse nightclub massacre, but are now backing out and disavowing the event, Chicago Public School officials told the Windy City Times (a local LGBT weekly). Read more...

Chicago public school cancels ‘Christian’ haunted house depicting Orlando LGBT mass shooting

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

A public Chicago elementary school has cancelled a Christian haunted house after learning that the event would include depictions of mass shootings. According to Windy City Times, Chicago Public School officials backed out of their agreement to have Tyrone Tappler Productions host a haunted house...

Anyone See a Problem Here?

Exhibit A: Chicago Public Schools officials are moving ahead with plans to add hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to the district's books, setting up a blitz of construction projects.The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday is expected to approve borrowing as much as $840 million. Show More Summary

The Rich Need to Back Public Schools

3 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

Mike Jackson is executive vice president of Capital Markets at Supernova Companies, co-based in Chicago and New York. He is founder and volunteer CEO at the Foundation for Letters, a co-founder of the Bronx Academy of Letters, and chair of the investment committee at the Williston-Northampton School. He holds a B.A. from Yale University.

Can Teachers Unions Bargain for Better -- or Fewer -- Charter Schools?

AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong Public school teachers rally outside the Chicago Board of Education district headquarters during a strike on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in Chicago. I n cities across the country, teachers unions have been strategizing ways to broaden the demands they bring to the negotiating table. Show More Summary

Here a Tax, There a Tax

Taxpayers getting soaked once again : Chicago taxpayers will be on the hook for at least $100 million more under the tentative deal that averted a strike by Chicago Public Schools teachers compared with a January proposal shot down by...Show More Summary

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel buys peace with teachers, fiscal impact uncertain

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

A tentative deal reached late on Monday between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and its teachers union averted a strike that had been scheduled for Tuesday but the impact on the district’s already shaky finances was uncertain. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who controls the nation’s...

Chicago Public Schools & Teachers Union Reached A Tentative, 11th-Hour Agreement

The new deal preserves the 7 percent pension pick up at current levels for current teachers. [ more › ]

No Teachers Strike; Classes As Usual For Chicago Public School Students

3 months agoNews : The Two-Way

A tentative deal between the Chicago Teachers Union and the nation's third-largest school district was agreed to shortly before picket lines were scheduled to be set up early Tuesday morning.

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