| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:37 PM
When it comes to back-to-school shopping, there's a familiar ritual in many households: Salvage as many of last year's colored pencils and markers as possible, then page through sales fliers for the best deals on school supplies.
Trying to get the...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...