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 Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

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