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Posted May 9, 2017

Arts Education Isn’t Taking a Backseat in Chicago Public Schools

In the midst of a financial crisis, Chicago’s public schools have continued to strengthen their commitment to arts education. So says a new report from the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 2, 2017

Chicago’s New Graduation Requirement Can Work, If Students Have the Support They Need

This June, Back of the Yards College Prep High School in Chicago will hold its first graduation ceremony. It’s a brand-new neighborhood high school where…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

Who Needs Selective Enrollment When Your Neighborhood High School Has an IB Program

This is a stressful time for many urban eighth-grade students and parents who are considering high school options, and hearing from public schools about acceptances…

By Alana G. Baum

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017

We’re In Danger If We’re Not Teaching Our Students About Their Civil Rights

At Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel, there’s a photograph of a father with his hands covering his young son’s eyes moments before they…

By Elizabeth G. Scalia, Ana L. Solis, Alana G. Baum

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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 Jan. 20, 2017

Not Everybody Talking About Education Reform Is an Unschooled Billionaire

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) joined other teachers unions around the country yesterday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Dec. 20, 2016

Chicago’s Mayor Says It’s Time to Stop With the ‘False Choices.’ Parents Need Quality Choices.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel redirects our attention to parents in the hoopla of U.S. education secretary nominee…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

Sunshine in Chicago: Don’t Write Mayor Emanuel’s Political Obituary Yet

According to local legend, Richard J. Daley, the Mayor of Chicago from 1955 to 1976, was once told that a group of experts had concluded…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 9, 2016

Will a Teacher Strike Accomplish Anything?

On Tuesday, October 11, public school teachers in Chicago may go on strike, suspending the education of nearly 400,000 children and forcing parents to find…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 8, 2016

Congratulations, Karen Lewis. Now What?

This week, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced that the upcoming union election is cancelled because President Karen Lewis is unopposed. Congratulations are due. President…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 26, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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