Posts tagged "Education"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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In some Chicago neighborhoods, incarceration costs twice as high as education spending

(Click through the map to see just how much was spent on incarceration vs. education in communities impacted by school closures.)...

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama
If you ride the 79th street bus, heading west from the Red Line, you pass empty lots, run-down strip malls and boarded-up Pentecostal churches that have seen more worshipful days. But then you get to a small oasis of activity–a Walgreens, a Chase bank, a beauty salon and a steady hum of foot traffic despite the cold.... Read more »

VIDEO: Top stories of 2012? Here's a rundown

Can you believe that 2012 is already coming to an end? Chuck Sudo, from Chicagoist, and I were recently guests on WCIU’s 26 N Halsted show, which is hosted by George Blaise, to reflect on the top stories of the year. My top picks were: The Chicago Reporter investigation that found more kids have been killed in... Read more »
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Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education

Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education
While watching the drama of the Chicago teachers’ strike unfold, it was clear the key underlying issue was money. In addition to raises and job security, teachers complained about growing class sizes, the physical conditions of schools and the need for specialized services to better assist struggling students. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools... Read more »

Slideshow: Chicago teachers go on strike for first time in 25 years

Teachers pick up picketing signs and other materials from the Chicago Teachers Union strike headquarters on the morning of Sept.10, 2012. Talks broke down on the final day of negotiations between the CTU and the district, sparking the city's first teachers strike in 25 years. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
It’s official: the Chicago Teachers Union is on strike. That was clear Monday morning when clusters of teachers, parents and students held signs while marching in front of schools. At some schools, they were chanting for what they called a fair contract. The cars that whizzed reflected the varying opinions Chicagoans have about the strike.... Read more »

Barber Shop Video Review: Getting a GED at age 40

Her nephew needed help with his homework, but Nicole Hicks says she couldn’t understand it herself. She isn’t alone. Nearly one third of the adults in the Chicago region struggle with low-literacy. That means while they can read, they can’t read well enough to do a lot of every day activities–filling out a job application,... Read more »
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Do upper-middle-class white people just have higher IQs? A Washington Post columnist seems to think so

Is it 1912, or 2012? You’d be forgiven for being confused after reading an op-ed in this week’s Washington Post by political scientist Charles Murray who writes that if there’s an education gap in our society in which whites are out-performing other groups, it’s because students flagging behind are just not smart enough. “(C)hildren’s IQ... Read more »