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April 30, 2015

More Problems, More Prayer: A Year in the Life of Chicago Public Schools

The National Day of Prayer is May 7, and Chicago's educational crisis tops my list of societal issues to take to God.

April 16, 2015

FBI Investigating No-Bid Contract in Chicago District, Local Media Report

The probe allegedly centers around a $20.5 million no-bid contract to SUPES Academy, where CPS' CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett once worked, according to local media accounts.

March 02, 2015

Open Letter to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

The bid for mayor in Chicago is just heating up. Ailing teachers union president Karen Lewis is backing Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but can he manage the city's fiscal crisis while also improving the Chicago Public Schools?

December 09, 2014

More Students Graduating From Chicago High Schools Are Enrolling in College

A new study from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research shows 14 percent of 9th graders will likely earn a bachelor's degree within six years of graduating from high school, up from 8 percent in 2006.

October 20, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Chicago Schools to Expand Pre-K with $17M Social Impact Bond

Goldman Sachs and other investors are financing a $17 million social impact bond for the Chicago Public Schools' expansion of a pre-K program.

August 21, 2014

Offer Choices; Stop Segregating by Race & Class

Ray Salazar: When students can have access to schools closer to a parent's job, a caretaker's home, a safer neighborhood, or a school easily accessible to public transportation, low-income students stand a better chance of stability.

July 11, 2014

Teacher Repents for Going 'Ghetto' on a Parent

After finally lashing back at an insolent parent, I realize why its important for me, the teacher, to apologize first—and never go there again.

May 21, 2014

What Did 'Brown v. The Board of Education' Ever Do for Me?

If Brown was supposed to desegregate schools, why didn't I ever get to see the benefit? Two words: white flight.

November 27, 2013

Chicago School System Decides Against Partnership With inBloom

The Chicago school system has chosen not to partner with inBloom, signaling yet another challenge for the ed-tech nonprofit.

October 23, 2013

Why All American Teachers Should Care About Chicago

This week marked the 50th anniversary of "Freedom Day," the vaguely remembered 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott in which 250,000 black students stayed out of school to demand an equal, desegregated education. Today, Chicago and most major cities are still providing an unequal and very segregated public education to minority students. We will not solve this problem until educators and civic leaders begin an honest, solutions-oriented conversation about the root cause of the problem: institutionalized racism.

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