Though Chicago Public Schools took out a $1.1 billion loan to pay its bills through the 2015-16 school year, none of the money would pay the $700 million pension payment that's due again next year.
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July 05, 2015
April 30, 2015
The National Day of Prayer is May 7, and Chicago's educational crisis tops my list of societal issues to take to God.
March 02, 2015
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?
July 11, 2014
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
If Brown was supposed to desegregate schools, why didn't I ever get to see the benefit? Two words: white flight.
October 23, 2013
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.
August 28, 2013
My dream is that the poor black and brown children of Chicago will get an equal chance at obtaining a quality education this year—not just at the "welcoming" schools but in the ordinary, less politicized neighborhood schools.
June 19, 2013
Things are getting chaotic in Chicago. As much as I love the city of my birth, I cannot recommend anyone relocating here—especially if you are a teacher.
April 24, 2013
School reform is rooted in the belief that when it comes to children, privilege or poverty should not determine the quality of their education. Oh, but it does.
April 10, 2013
Guest blogger Whitney Bubenzer credits her principal for nurturing her teaching career and showing her the enormous potential found in urban education.