| 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...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:42 PM
The latest round of charter school expansion in Chicago has been met with a long string of protests by parents and community leaders who question Chicago Public Schools' claims that it is pushing charters primarily for neighborhoods where classrooms are...
| Jan 20, 2014
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. " The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:36 PM
Chicago Public Schools on Friday released details of proposals from nine charter school operators seeking approval for 21 new campuses over the next two years.
After closing 47 elementary schools for under-utilization this summer, the district announced...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 12:12 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel had little to say today about embattled charter school network UNO or activist Rev. Al Sharpton drawing attention to Chicago’s gun violence, but jumped at the opportunity to discuss Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Re. "Commentary: Some truisms and falsehoods about schools," (Oct. 13): It's difficult to know where to start to address the misstatements in this commentary. A more accurate title would be "America at the bottom of the class."
How else to describe the...
| Jul 30, 2013
By Jessica Reynolds Teach for America is great in theory. Recent graduates from elite universities teach for two years in underserved school systems, move on to successful careers in business, politics, healthcare, etc, and act as lifelong advocates for...
| May 3, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Making what was billed as his first official public appearance in Illinois since he suffered a major stroke, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., took questions from the press at a charter school at Naval Station Great Lakes outside North Chicago this afternoon...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel's eyes lit up as she peered into the chicken coop at the edge of her school's playground.
"There are a few in there," Ippel, 31, said, pointing to several eggs recently laid by the three resident chickens. "Whoever finds them first...
| Mar 29, 2013
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,...