| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:54 PM
While Chicago’s Board of Education on Wednesday approved just seven of 17 proposals for new charter schools, the growth of privately run schools in the city remains on a pace sought by advocates.
Five of the seven schools that got the go-ahead are...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 7:02 PM
In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 1:59 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois charter schools advocates rallied inside the Capitol today to protest against a slew of measures this session aimed at regulating the alternative education system.
A crowd estimated at more than 2,200 chanted “I Choose...
| Mar 29, 2014
The Tribune is to be congratulated for its stellar series of editorials on "A New Plan of Chicago" and for soliciting and publishing many of its readers' ideas — both large and small — on this vital topic. Here's my two...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Regarding the March 17 editorial, “New York, Chicago, and the war on charter schools,” the problem isn’t with charter schools but with the continuation of the top-down, “we know best” design. A freedom-driven, bottom-up...
| Jun 25, 2014
If you could build a school from the ground up, what would you do? How would you design it? What would you teach?
Indianapolis is in the midst of a fascinating competition under the guise of something called the Innovation School Fellowship. It's a...
| May 25, 2014
| 3:27 PM
“Do you think you’re going to die this summer?”
That’s a question that 17-year-old Razia Hutchins, a student at Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago, says she often hears classmates ask one another this time of year.
| Jun 2, 2014
| 11:56 AM
We are discouraged by the news that Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 has decided to file a lawsuit against Prairie Crossing Charter School, a state-approved charter school serving 400 students in Lake County.
| May 15, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The Broad Foundation first plunged into the roiling waters of school reform in 1999.
And now, along with its multimillion-dollar investments in leadership and superintendents’ training and urban charter schools, it has its first president in all...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 1:08 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday dismissed criticism aimed at his hand-picked school board’s decision to approve seven new charter schools after it shuttered 47 neighborhood schools last year, saying they’re two separate issues.
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Letters to the editor from Highland Park, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lake Bluff and Lake Forest.
Painting in retirement
Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman recently wrote "Taking up painting not just for ex-presidents; Many come or return to the easel...