Rahm Emanuel

Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Dear Janice Jackson, I Hope You’re Open to Honest Conversations with Parents in Chicago Public Schools

Janice, you and I know each other. I remember talking with you back when you were a principal at Al Raby High School. I know…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 10, 2017

From Last to Leading: How Chicago Public Schools Made the Leap

Thirty years after being labeled the worst school district in the nation and after two decades of fiscal crisis, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) welcomed more…

By Beth Swanson

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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 May 5, 2016

Here’s What Really Caused the Walton Foundation to Stop Funding Charter Schools in Chicago

The Walton Family Foundation just announced it will stop funding charter schools in Chicago likely for the same reason I’m tempted to sell my house…

By Marilyn Rhames

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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 Dec. 15, 2015

It Was the Best and Worst of Schools: A Tale of Choice in Chicago

Everyone who lives in Chicago for more than a week knows well that our city is really two cities. I lived in one of them—the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 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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