Forrest Claypool

Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Chicago Isn’t Atlanta—Our Student Learning Gains Are Real and Lead the Nation

About a year ago, Stanford researcher Sean Reardon was digging deep into a 300-million-piece database he created, containing five years’ worth of state test scores…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Fancy Education Luncheons Aren’t Going to Fix the Schools in My Neighborhood

The other day I had the honor of attending a luncheon and panel discussion about our failure to provide equitable schooling here in Illinois. It…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 10, 2017

Education, Politics, Media and Chicago

Paraphrasing Yogi Berra, education in Chicago is 50 percent teaching and learning and 90 percent money and politics. No matter how much we emphasize the…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017

These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 7, 2015

A Strike Hurts Everyone: A Call From a Parent to Chicago Teachers Union

This week, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is planning to hold a three-day vote to decide whether to strike if stalled contract negotiations ultimately fail.…

By Frissia Sanchez

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Posted Aug. 26, 2015

Dying for Dyett

A hunger strike in Chicago led by a community group vying to open a new school in the shuttered Dyett High School on the South…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 16, 2015

Statement on Forrest Claypool Being Named New CEO of Chicago Public Schools From Former Assistant US Secretary of Education Peter Cunningham

Forrest knows this city, and he's a proven leader who's delivered results. His experience, expertise and dedication to public service are what CPS needs right now to bring the city together behind its schools and to continue improving quality and increasing graduation rates.   Peter Cunningham is the Executive Director of Education…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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