| May 3, 2015
| 12:30 PM
Retired social worker Joan Melbourne says she always felt like she was on the frontline when it came to helping others.
"When you had a problem, whether it was an addiction or a criminal past or a learning disability, any sort of treatment plan you would...
| May 2, 2015
| 1:05 AM
Citing its bleak finances, Chicago Public Schools on Friday unveiled a $160 million capital budget that officials said will largely cover only projects that are already underway and "the most pressing repairs and maintenance issues" at schools.
| Apr 29, 2015
| 5:21 PM
Chicago Public Schools officials have until Thursday to offer teachers an additional year on their current contract, a move that could bring an early conclusion to labor talks but would also delay some hard decisions to address the district's bleak...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 5:36 PM
Chicago Public Schools officials will not offer teachers an additional year on their current contract, saying the district cannot afford a built-in 3 percent pay hike.
"We were optimistic that solutions to the Board's structural financial challenges...
| May 1, 2015
Chicago Public Schools officials say the district will not offer teachers an additional year on their current contract.
In a letter to the Chicago Teachers Union, interim district CEO Jesse Ruiz said the district cannot afford a built-in 3 percent pay...
| Apr 25, 2015
The eighth-grader fidgeted nervously during an impromptu meeting with the principal of Haven Middle School in Evanston just before the start of first semester.
While classmates and teachers had long known the student as a girl, the 13-year-old...
| Apr 25, 2015
As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that lays out exactly how students can opt out of the state assessment tests.
Democratic Rep. Will Guzzardi's...
| Apr 24, 2015
| 1:06 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned to old friend and City Hall veteran Forrest Claypool to be his new chief of staff as the mayor tries to deal with a growing scandal at the Chicago Public Schools and confront a series of lingering, serious problems facing the...
| Apr 23, 2015
| 7:57 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dealing with a federal investigation into a no-bid contract approved by the Chicago school board he appointed — a scandal that has forced his hand-picked schools CEO to step down and for the contract in question to be...
| Apr 24, 2015
| 7:20 AM
Somehow, despite all its budget woes and related handwringing, the Chicago Public Schools still manages nearly every year to accumulate extra "cash reserves" to yank out of the hat and find still more "central office" employees to cut. Consider these...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 3:27 PM
Chicago Public Schools terminated its CEO whose salary is $250,000 year. This CEO has been employed since 2012 and oversees 480 schools with 400,000 students. Contrast that with District 219 which has two schools and less than 5,000 students but pays...