Posts in category "Education"

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS
Fifty years after Chicago Public Schools students took to the streets to protest segregated and overcrowded schools, some question how much has changed in a city still racked by racial and economic inequality. “These problems are still haunting us,” said Mia Henry, owner-operator of Freedom Lifted, a social movement history tour company. “Not even haunting... Read more »

Treasured school memories: Another casualty of CPS closings

I remember when I was a little girl and was excited about the first day of school.  I was starting kindergarten, and the night before my grandmother had straightened my hair and put it into two ponytails. My mother allowed me to pick out my own clothes, and I remember feeling like a big girl.... Read more »

So what's in a name?

So what's in a name?
What’s in a school name? “Jesse Owens,” the name attached to a Chicago public school in West Pullman, matters, community advocates argue. Jesse Owens Community Academy has given hope and inspiration to low-income South Side students, said Owens’ daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin. That’s why her family is fighting a name change for the elementary school at... Read more »
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How big is ALEC’s footprint in Illinois?

If you haven’t heard about the American Legislative Exchange Council, that’s because ALEC, as it’s commonly called, prefers to work behind the scenes. But that has become increasingly difficult. In recent years, ALEC, a group that brings together corporations and legislators to draft model legislation, has come under fire for its role in several infamous... Read more »

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment
Affirmative action–one way the government tried to address America’s racial and economic gap –was intended to reduce education barriers by mandating that public universities consider race in admissions decisions. By now, chances are you have heard of the Fisher v University of Texas at Austin case, in which a young woman, Abigail Fisher, accused the... Read more »

Clock is running down fast on slow-moving school closings moratorium bills

Clock is running down fast on slow-moving school closings moratorium bills
This is a tale of two bills. SB1571 was introduced in the Illinois Senate on Feb. 13, intended to put a moratorium on Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 54 schools. Then that bill was amended to remove the provision seeking to put a moratorium on school closings. Despite the original text of the bill... Read more »
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Some Chicago Public Schools students give themselves a lesson in civics

Some Chicago Public Schools students give themselves a lesson in civics
Despite a warning coming on high from Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett that “the only place students should be during the school day is the classroom,” some Chicago high school students thought otherwise and walked out of school to take part in the third day of a march in the name of education justice.... Read more »

Facing layoff, a CPS custodian sees few options

A bright welcoming banner with blue and yellow lettering offsets the bleakness of the long, gray concrete wall across the street from Mahalia Jackson Elementary School. The canvas banner has cracks in it that runs across Jackson’s portrait, yet the face of the woman known as the Queen of Gospel beams out at the world.... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment
Neighborhoods across the city are desperately fighting to keep their schools open, many of them by arguing that the 50-plus closures suggested by Chicago Public Schools officials will devastate their already ailing communities. A report from the Chicago Teachers Union released last month looks at the devastation that the neighborhood schools were facing in another... Read more »
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Connecting the dots between predatory lending, the vacant property crisis and school closings

Michael Tidmore and I recently met front of Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School, a hulking brick building that sits on a residential block in Englewood. He wondered what’s going to happen to school buildings like this when they’re closed next year under Chicago Public Schools’ plan to shutter 61 facilities while consolidating students and staff.... Read more »