| 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.
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 26, 2014
Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Alex Richards have the story today: Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel students at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the district. The data reveal that during......
| Feb 17, 2014
By Jessica Reynolds Rumors about who might challenge Rahm Emanuel in the 2015 mayoral election have started to circulate, with mentions of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and a handful of...
| 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.
| Jan 25, 2014
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| 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...