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July 01, 2015

School's Out: Chicago's Summer of Boyhood

As 'On California' goes on summer vacation, I recall the summers of youth in Chicago, and the lessons they taught.

July 01, 2015

Chicago District Makes $634 Million Pension Payment, But at a Cost: 1,400 Jobs

The cash-strapped district had sought an extension from the state to make the payments, arguing that it could not do so in full without impacting the classrooms.

June 24, 2015

Chicago Public School District Owes $634 Million in Pension Funds. Can It Pay?

The district is strapped for cash, faces a $1.1 billion deficit, and may be unable to make its full $634 million pension payment due by the end of June.

June 02, 2015

Rahm Emanuel Appoints New Members to Chicago School Board

The new appointments come on the heels of the resignation of the schools chief amid an ongoing federal investigation into a no-bid contract awarded by the school board.

June 01, 2015

Chicago Schools CEO Resigns Amid Federal Probe

Barbara Byrd-Bennett's resignation comes as federal officials investigate a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to one of her former employers.

May 21, 2015

Georgia District Hires Superintendent After Firing Search Firm That Found Him

Stephen Green will take the helm of the Dekalb County, Ga., schools in July. He's coming from Kansas City, Mo., where he has served as superintendent since 2011.

May 14, 2015

Ratings Agency Downgrades Chicago Schools' Debt

The downgrade reflects the pressures of rising pension obligations following a state supreme court ruling last week that changes to the state's pension law in 2013 were unconstitutional.

April 28, 2015

Closures in Ohio's Districts Led Most Students to Better Schools, Report Says

A new report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute examining charter and regular district school closures in Ohio showed that displaced students made gains in math and reading and the majority ended up in better schools.

April 20, 2015

Education Writers Surrounded by Big School Stories in Chicago

As education reporters rolled into Chicago for their annual conference this week, they were greeted with headlines about the latest crises in the Chicago Public Schools.

April 20, 2015

Federal Probe in Chicago Schools Includes Non-Profit Education Fund

Federal officials are reportedly looking into a $20.5 million contract awarded to a company that once employed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

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