Chicago Public Schools

Posted Sep. 20, 2018

Even When Teachers Don’t Feel Safe, They Don’t Support Guns in the Classroom

Hear us teachers loud and clear: We do not want to be armed, and we do not want to work in prison-like school buildings. We…

By Tracy Netter

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

Students Don’t Learn From Suspensions But Restorative Justice Offers Opportunity

For the last few years, Chicago Public Schools has been working hard to change its discipline policies and practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Instead,…

By Charles Beavers

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Arne Duncan’s New Book Made Me Feel Awful But You Should Totally Read It

I just finished hate-reading Arne Duncan’s book, “How Schools Work.” I didn’t hate the book, but for so many reasons, I really hated reading it.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 11, 2018

Here Are Three Reasons for Chicago Public Schools’ Success

With Chicago’s school closings, enrollment declines, funding issues and problematic special education reforms dominating the headlines for the past five years, it’s difficult to trust…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted June 14, 2018

Who’s Watching Out?

Outrage: Who’s Protecting Our Kids Why does a fifth-grader have to go to her school board to beg for protection from bullies? “Hi my name…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 1, 2018

Chicago’s Students Are Standing Still on Test Scores But That’s Good News

Sometimes no progress represents real progress, especially when you’re talking about an urban school district roiled by financial woes and a national exam that has…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 16, 2018

School Counselor of the Year Kirsten Perry Isn’t a Savior, She’s Just Here to Help

In just two years, school counselor Kirsten Perry has served as a catalyst for transforming North Lawndale Community Academy, a neighborhood elementary school in one…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 11, 2018

My Neighborhood Was Terrorized by Police Raids But It Was the Teachers Who Kept Us Safe

Most years, I celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with smiles and maybe a nice card for my daughter’s teacher. This year, I’m appreciating the teachers in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 9, 2018

Charter School Leader Vanesa Scott-Thompson on What It Means to Educate the Whole Girl

Vanesa Scott-Thompson has been in the education game for almost two decades, and her career took an impactful turn when she became the principal of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 7, 2018

I’m Concerned But Not Convinced by the NPR-Illinois Story on the Noble Charter Schools

I’m a fan of the Noble Charter School Network in Chicago because parents like the schools, they get good results for low-income kids and they…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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