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July 05, 2015

Hiring, Firing, and Striking: How the Chicago Teachers Pension Is Killing Schools Softly

Though the new $1.1 billion loan Chicago Public Schools took out 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.

April 13, 2015

Why Every Teacher Can (and Needs to) Bust Out of the Cage

Classroom teachers have more power to change a school than they think.

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?

January 13, 2015

Ill. Pulls the Rug Out With New ESL-Endorsement Requirement for Teachers

A new state law could deem effective, experienced teachers unfit to instruct immigrant children.

December 18, 2013

Professor: Why I Stopped Recruiting Minority Teaching Students

This post is by an anonymous guest blogger. A long-time reader and university professor, the author sent me this post to explain why so many minority teaching candidates are recruited to study education but never actually become certified teachers. One might say they are set up to fail.

December 11, 2013

It's Time for an 'Education Spring' in American Public Schools

Any efforts to improve and transform public education, like the Common CoreState Standards, will not succeed if we do not engage teachers as the experts and leaders in the process. We need an "Education Spring," in which teachers rise up and take control of the leadership of their profession. Thanks to emerging national teacher voice organizations, we may be on the verge of an exciting new chapter in education reform.

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.

June 19, 2013

Teaching and Living in Chicago is Great ... in My Dreams

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.

May 29, 2013

Education Blogger Bans the 'Blame Game' in Chicago, the Whole Nation

Who's to blame for the crisis of education in Chicago? Read this post--you may be surprised.

October 17, 2012

Chicago Public Schools: Change We Can't Believe In

Change is hard, especially for the Chicago Public Schools. We have had five CEOs of the school system in the past four years. Arne Duncan. Ron Huberman. Terry Mazany. Jean-Claude Brizard. And now, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, or B3 as her nickname goes. At least we finally got a woman in the top spot!...

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