7 great things about our schools

Friends, you know my blog is pretty much devoted to exposing terrible things happening at the administrative level of Chicago Public Schools. But there is a time and a place for all kinds of opinions, and right now, the time and the place requires a little positive energy about what we have here. In the... Read more »

I love Betsy De Vos

I have to admit something. When I think of Betsy De Vos, I get a warm and happy feeling. She is the right woman who was raised up at the right time. No one else could do the job she’s done. She is uniquely qualified to fill her peculiar role. I am grateful Trump nominated... Read more »

Betsy DeVos and the end of public education

Only if you’ve been hiding under a rock (tempting, I know) have you not heard about Betsy DeVos by now. Though she previously has functioned more in the shadowy billionaire operative realm, now she has been thrust into the light of day with Trump’s naming her Secretary of Education. I think of all his picks... Read more »

A bright spot in the CPS high school application process

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Not for lack of issues to cover, however. I suppose a general state of distraction over the recent presidential campaign and election is partly to blame. It’s been difficult to pull myself out of the mire of preposterous and terrible news long enough to write 1000 words with a... Read more »

CPS' newly posted job, Executive Director of Personalized Learning, comes with a dire warning

Chicago LinkdIn users found a surprising job posting for a new executive-level position in CPS last week. This is actually much bigger news than it at first appears. Its importance, however, has been almost entirely eclipsed by our governor’s foolish comments that CPS schools are crumbling prisons. We’ll get back to those comments another day. But for... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools are broke, not broken

Chicago Public Schools are broke, not broken
CPS mom and ChicagoNow blogger Annie Swingen of Swirleytime guest posts for Chicago Public Fools again and brings a corrective to Gov. Rauner’s rhetoric.  Yesterday, during a tour of Chicago Tech incubator 1871, Governor Bruce Rauner blasted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and likened our public schools to prisons. “The simple fact is that when you... Read more »

3 ways for Chicagoans to advocate for our schools (and against 40% CPS budget cuts to students) this week

Perhaps you are feeling a little hopeless or powerless in the face of the looming CPS budget cuts. Fellow ChicagoNow blogger Annie Swingen is here to help you. Her blog isn’t usually education-related, but she has a kid in CPS now, so she’s been inadvertently swept up into the morass of our district’s ongoing problems,... Read more »

What's really behind the curtain of "school choice"?

Neighborhood schools activist, linguistics PhD, and CPS mom Katie Gruber of Hyde Park has been getting very annoyed about the ideology of school choice lately. In the context of the CPS funding crisis, her guest post is more relevant than it was a few days ago. Any guesses about how much money CPS spends on... Read more »

Whose schools are Chicago Public Schools? Our schools.

Folks, I have some guest posts lined up for next week, and parent response to the latest announcement from CPS that our schools are going to see up to 40% budget cuts in the fall. But there’s something important I have to say first. Yes, of course those budget cuts are untenable and our schools... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools' threatened 39% budget cuts: Forrest Claypool's ransom demand

Yesterday Forrest Claypool called a few select principals togethers and informed them that budget cuts could soar as high as 39% next year. And precisely as predicted, the news traveled like wildfire all over social media. Just for good measure he said things like, We need to make sure there are no minutes that aren’t... Read more »