| Aug 20, 2014
| 4:52 AM
The gathering at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall on Tuesday night had the feel of a campaign event: a jam-packed room, drinks flowing, soul music blaring and a raucous crowd cheering.
There was only one thing missing from the event, dubbed “A...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Chicago Public Schools officials announced Thursday that the beleaguered Concept charter school operator will not be opening its Chatham campus this fall.
A district source said the delay has nothing to do with an FBI investigation into Concept...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 11:37 AM
More kids attended Chicago Park District day camp this summer than in years past, the city reported today.
There were 41,468 children ages six to 12 enrolled in the day camps in more than 230 parks across the city this summer, according to Mayor Rahm...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 6:34 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn struck a class warfare theme Wednesday during a plea to Democratic Party faithful to turn out a big vote this fall to defeat Republicans with pockets as deep as “King Midas.”
The re-election seeking Quinn...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 5:20 AM
A group of Chicago firefighters has hired a lawyer in anticipation of a possible legal challenge to a city hiring policy that will give graduates of Chicago public high schools an advantage in an upcoming Fire Department exam.
The firefighters say the...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 2:03 PM
As families and communities focus on students and teachers in the beginning weeks of school, I’d like to offer a shout out to the many hundreds of employees behind the scenes at Chicago Public Schools. People often comment disparagingly about the...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:58 AM
More than 400,000 students headed back to Chicago public schools today, and many had politicians on hand to welcome them to class.
The time-honored tradition of officials ringing school bells on the first day of the year takes on added importance for...
| Aug 27, 2014
Following national trends and building on years of growth, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday reported a higher graduation rate for high school students in the last school year.
The CPS graduation rate has been climbing for the past decade except for one...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 11:26 AM
The state of Illinois is adding $10 million to the Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage anti-violence program, according to the offices of the governor and mayor.
The additional state dollars, announced Thursday, will add 27 schools and new routes...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 12:11 PM
For Chicago students going back to elementary or high school, at least math will be easy on their first day. Students will pay nothing to ride the CTA on Tuesday.
The transit agency is once again providing free rides to elementary and high school...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 7:23 PM
So much of the debate on education in Chicago focuses on conflicts between teachers and district officials over test scores and educator evaluations. Or on the political squabbling between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...