| Mar 31, 2013
| 2:10 AM
Indiana has an online database that now lists salaries of most public employees in the state.
Links: Find salaries of most of Indiana's public employees at municipalities, schools and other areas of government. Also find budgets,...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 4:33 PM
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: The Afternoon Shift (WBEZ-FM 91.5) Host Rick Kogan talks about the week's two hottest stories -- school closings and......
| Mar 11, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Hundreds of North Side residents are asking their alderman, Joe Moore, to publicly oppose the opening of future charter schools in Chicago's 49th ward.
On Sunday night, the residents gathered at the Willye White Field House to discuss several issues,...
| Feb 15, 2013
At the Nathan Davis Elementary School library on a recent Wednesday, Angela Worth, a dental hygienist, brushed cloudy white goo onto a second-grader's molars. Twenty seconds under a bright blue light and the cavity-preventing substance — called a...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 5:43 AM
After trimming the number of schools that could be closed to 129, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school administration has entered the latest and what is likely to be the most intense phase so far in trying to determine which schools should be shut.
| Feb 13, 2013
| 12:55 PM
A group of aldermen are calling for a moratorium on new charter schools starting in 2014 in Chicago, arguing it doesn't make sense to add new charter seats at a time the city is considering closing public schools that don't have enough students.
| Feb 12, 2013
Elliott Cole spent much of his childhood waiting for this moment.
It was a wintry Friday night in Westchester, and legendary St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore walked down the sideline to approach him.
The conversation was surreal, but it was nothing...
| Jan 14, 2013
You might find Cescily Washington teaching a dance class at a Chicago public school, standing before her young students dressed in her black leotard with her hair pulled back into a bun.
Other times she's preparing for upcoming events, such as the North...
| Dec 2, 2012
Six years ago, when University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign officials announced plans to enroll more undergraduates from outside the state, the public outcry was so intense that the plan was scrapped within a week.
But despite the university's...
| Nov 11, 2012
As Nicole "Nickii" Ledcke puts it, she had "legit reasons" to drop out in the elementary grades.
Her gangbanger father had been murdered when Ledcke was a toddler, and her unemployed mother was perpetually moving the family of seven children one step...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 10:42 AM
Chicago Public Schools is considering asking charter school networks to take over several under-enrolled or under-performing schools.
There are several under-enrolled and underperforming schools throughout the city with 123,000 students.