| Jan 21, 2015
| 10:02 PM
We've talked to dozens of candidates for the Chicago City Council in the last three weeks and we've heard a lot of anger about the decision by Chicago Public Schools in 2013 to close nearly 50 schools.
We've heard a rising antipathy to charter schools....
| Jan 19, 2015
| 6:46 PM
When Courtney Lorentz's 6-year-old daughter brought home an iPad from school last fall, the Deerfield mom wanted assurance that the thoughts, ideas and personal information her daughter typed into the device would not follow her for years to come —...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 3:04 AM
In the latest drama over school testing in Illinois, the longtime state science exams for fourth-, seventh- and 11th-graders have been cut from the lineup of spring exams — even though they're required by federal law.
The tests covering everything...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 3:14 AM
As Patrick Daley Thompson sits in his Jeep Grand Cherokee outside the Bridgeport bungalow he once lived in as a toddler with grandfather Mayor Richard J. Daley and now owns as a married father of three, he ticks off a long list of second- and third-...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 12:32 PM
Classes will resume at Chicago public schools on Tuesday, officials announced Monday afternoon.
The district canceled classes Monday as the worst winter storm of the year hit the Chicago area, dumping more than 19 inches. It was the fifth largest...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 5:34 PM
Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across the Chicago area will stay home from school Monday after Sunday's snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow.
Chicago Public Schools on Sunday evening announced its third weather-related closing this year....
| Jan 30, 2015
| 9:08 AM
My nephew recently came home from student teaching in Chicago Public Schools. He rinsed a cola can and put it by the sink to be recycled. He had brought the can home from school.
He told me the school does not recycle. I was rather surprised.
| Jan 29, 2015
| 1:47 PM
You may note this column does not begin with a Park City, Utah, dateline. While the annual Sundance Film Festival wraps this weekend in Park City, I am here in Chicago, and it's a peculiar thing watching the latest film by a Chicago writer-director here,...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 3:40 PM
Chicago Public Schools has agreed to sell nine properties for a total of slightly less than $2 million. The properties include several South Side parcels and a Printer's Row parking lot, but none are the dozens of school buildings shuttered by the...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 11:27 AM
It was another sellout crowd for the 9th annual Soccer Ball benefiting Urban Initiatives at Morgan Manufacturing in the West Town neighborhood Jan. 23. Nearly 1,000 guests enjoyed multiple food stations, open bars, dancing, a photo booth, silent and...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 7:26 PM
When students in DuPage County's Lake Park High School District took a field test of Illinois' new state exam last spring, the reaction stunned administrators:
"Our students said it was the hardest thing they've ever taken," said Superintendent Lynne...