Posts tagged "school"

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 »

Former and current CPS students speak on why they are against school closings

A line of Chicago police officers on horseback patrol Daley Plaza during a rally to protest school
closings led by the Chicago Teachers Union on March 27. Photo by Jonathan Gibby
Worry. Anger. Uncertainty. Those were some of the feelings that current and former Chicago Public Schools students and parents expressed about the district’s plans to close more than 50 schools. We caught up with three of them at this week’s rally against school closings to hear their thoughts. Photo by Jonathan Gibby Benjamin Chacon is... Read more »

In his own words: a former Chicago youth uses music to inspire other Chicago kids

In his own words: a former Chicago youth uses music to inspire other Chicago kids
Dyryl Burnett is a high school teacher, but he still understands the struggle that his inner-city students face. Burnett was like many of them before he became a music teacher — he struggled with a troubled family life and the allure of gang-banging. Music helped him turn it all around and he hopes it will... Read more »
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What's up this week: Chicago Teachers Union rally as CPS heads back to school

What's up this week: Chicago Teachers Union rally as CPS heads back to school
The lead up to the start of the school year often comes with some nervousness: A rough night’s sleep, a knot in the stomach, lingering when deciding what to wear. We’ve all felt it, but this year Chicagoans who aren’t in school and don’t have children may also have some school year jitters. That’s because... Read more »

Are overlaps between school closings and youth violence a coincidence?

Just blocks from Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale where The Chicago Reporter sets up camp for its weekly radio show are two schools on the turnaround and closure list voted on by the Chicago Board of Education last month. Thomas Herzl Elementary School, at 3711 W. Douglas Blvd., is slated for turnaround next year, and... Read more »

Poor kids may be getting a better lunch, but less dinner

More fruits, vegetables and whole grains in school lunches – what could be wrong with that? Quite a bit if the U.S. House of Representatives passes a revamped school lunch bill. The legislation would give schools more money for lunches, but would do so by cutting funding for food stamps. That equation is raising the... Read more »
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