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  • CPS credit rating takes hit

    CPS credit rating takes hit
    Chicago’s bad week of financial news continued Friday, as a major rating agency downgraded Chicago Public Schools’ debt to just one level above junk status. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded $6.3 billion in CPS debt two notches to...
  • 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....
  • Chicago schools chief announces 'Seal of Biliteracy'

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett has announced a Seal of Biliteracy recognizing students who are proficient in two or more languages. Bennett announced the program Wednesday at Kelvyn Park High School. She says the seal will appear on...
  • 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...
  • More than 1M Illinois students to take new standardized test

    More than a million students are scheduled to take new standardized tests next week, despite concerns from Illinois' largest school district. Illinois State Board of Education officials announced Monday that third- to eighth-graders and some high...
  • Chicago Public Schools, some suburban schools closed Thursday because of cold

    Chicago Public Schools, some suburban schools closed Thursday because of cold
    Chicago Public Schools and a number of suburban school districts will be closed Thursday, as a wind chill advisory was set to go into effect for the area Wednesday afternoon. CPS has no formal policy on closing schools due to inclement weather, though...
  • CPS substitute teacher accused of sending explicit texts to 14-year-old girl

    CPS substitute teacher accused of sending explicit texts to 14-year-old girl
    A Chicago Public Schools substitute teacher has been charged with indecent solicitation of a 14-year-old student. Aaron Williams-Banks, 28, who appeared in bond court Saturday, has been accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to the student...