| Jan 16, 2015
| 7:00 PM
Chicago Public Schools are set to defy a mandate to launch a standardized exam districtwide this spring, despite the potential for sanctions that could include some loss of federal funding.
The district said it will administer the Partnership for...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 11:29 AM
Chicago Public Schools have been changing the “formula” on how they use nurses to cover schools.
School nurses are now in a new category, along with other certified clinicians including social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 2:40 PM
President Barack Obama floated an ambitious idea last week: No-cost community college.
"Put simply, what I'd like to do is see the first two years of community college free for everybody who is willing to work for it," Obama said.
| Jan 14, 2015
| 10:12 AM
You won't find the following posted to the candidate surveys page of the Tribune's Election Central, as that site confines itself to non-fictional candidates. But Justin Kaufmann of the comedy troupe Schadenfreude has sent over the questionnaire responses...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:56 PM
A recent commentary writer penned that so few students in Chicago Public Schools walk to school anymore, thus schools should remain open during sub-zero cold snaps as they have in the past (“Toughen up kids: Cold is a lousy excuse to close schools,&...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:48 PM
Chicago Public Schools and more than 125 school districts in the area decided to close Wednesday as a cold front sliding off the Canadian Rockies threatens to drive wind chills into dangerous territory for the next two days.
Chicago school buildings...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 3:36 PM
Days after terrorist killings in Paris, officials with the Simon Wiesenthal Center released a list Tuesday of alarming anti-Semitic incidents in the Midwest last year.
In Chicago, swastikas and anti-Semitic messages were spray-painted on the garages...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 10:47 AM
In 2014, it is Demario Bailey.
In 2013, it was Hadiya Pendleton.
In 2009, it was Fenger High School honor student Derrion Albert.
For me, it was Ben Wilson in 1984.
These are children in Chicago whose gruesome deaths give life to the dreary body-...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 10:40 AM
With risky debt deals draining money from Chicago's cash-strapped public school system, advocacy groups are calling on local officials to try to get some of that money back.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissed the idea in remarks to reporters last...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 7:46 AM
Thanks for making civic education in our state a front-page issue recently! We agree. Students in Illinois do deserve rich, engaging opportunities to be prepared to effectively participate in our democracy. Research shows that the voting and civic...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Fresh from the world of high-stakes trading, David Vitale arrived at Chicago Public Schools a decade ago with a plan to transform the way it borrowed money.
With the district thirsty for cheap cash, plain old municipal bonds weren't good enough anymore,...