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  • New SW Side classrooms proposed to ease overcrowding

    New SW Side classrooms proposed to ease overcrowding
    To address overcrowding at two elementary schools on Chicago's Southwest Side, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O'Shea wants to create a new "school," actually several modular classrooms, for seventh and eighth graders who now attend Mount Greenwood and Cassell...
  • The battle between parents and PARCC

    The battle between parents and PARCC
    In coming days, many Illinois students may refuse to pick up a pencil or tap on a computer keyboard when facing the state's new standardized test, known as PARCC. It's too soon to tell whether this test rebellion is a prairie fire or ... a campfire. We...
  • First choice isn't always the best choice

    My daughter’s eighth-grade friend Katy sprinted up to our passenger side window one recent evening and, with eyes glossy, voice quivering, asked, “Can you wait a few more minutes? The mailman is just a block away.”   Katy is our last...
  • How an Illinois Supreme Court ruling could devastate Chicago's schools

    How an Illinois Supreme Court ruling could devastate Chicago's schools
    In a few days, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that recent legislation reforming four state pension funds is unconstitutional. The lower court ruled that the Illinois Constitution's pension...
  • Moody's downgrades Chicago Park District's debt rating

    Moody's downgrades Chicago Park District's debt rating
    The Chicago Park District's debt rating fell one notch Thursday, part of a ripple effect from the city's financial woes. Moody's Investors Service downgraded the district to Baa1, three notches above "junk" status and one notch above the city's rating....
  • Rahm, Chuy — tell us the truth

    Rahm, Chuy — tell us the truth
    He should have closed a hundred schools, not 50. But even Mayor Rahm Emanuel, accused now of being tone-deaf to the concerns of common folk, knew better in 2013 than to ask Chicagoans to confront the city's grim realities all at once. So even though...
  • State threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test

    State threatens to withhold funds from schools that skip Common Core test
    A showdown over state testing is intensifying, with the Illinois State Board of Education threatening to yank as much as hundreds of millions of dollars from districts that don't administer a new state exam to students. A dramatic letter to school...
  • Obama's plan for free community college has seed in Chicago

     Obama's plan for free community college has seed in Chicago
    President Barack Obama's plan to offer a free community college education to qualified students is based at least partly on a Chicago initiative, White House officials said. The president laid out the federal plan Friday in a speech in Tennessee....
  • Return unions' focus to the people they represent

    If unions want people to join and pay dues, let them provide value to the workers that they should be serving. Case 1: My daughter at 15 got her first job as a bagger at a grocery store. The union took one hour of her pay each week in dues even though...
  • Emanuel, Garcia: Tell voters how you'll fix CPS

    Emanuel, Garcia: Tell voters how you'll fix CPS
    "All short-term solutions to our budget crisis have been exhausted." — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to the Chicago Board of Education, Feb. 25, 2014 $1.1 billion. That is the looming budget deficit that Chicago Public...
  • Teacher dies after collapsing at Austin elementary school

    Teacher dies after collapsing at Austin elementary school
    A Chicago Public Schools teacher has died after suffering a heart attack at an elementary school in the Austin neighborhood, authorities said. James Dasher, 58, collapsed Tuesday afternoon at Spencer Elementary Technology Academy, according to the...