How Employees beat the CPS Residency Policy

Every year, the CPS OIG goes on a media tour after January 1st to tout their annual report of misdeeds and bad behavior throughout CPS. Yet, the CPS OIG only investigates 14-16 employees out of 140-160 complaints for violating the CPS Residency Policy every year. A whooping 10% of the complaints. The CPS OIG tells... Read more »

CPS Strike Make-Up Days = Colossal Waste of Time and Money (UPDATED 11-08-19)

Did anyone really believe there wasn’t going to be a residual effect from the 11-school day CPS teacher strike? The CTU is claiming victory as they’re saying the strike is historical in terms of what was won for students, teachers, and schools. But, at what costs? One cost is CPS teachers and support staffers lost... Read more »

If the CTU really cares about CPS students, they would..

If the CTU was truly concerned about CPS students, they wouldn’t stop at just advocating for the 17,000 homeless students. The CTU would push for free CTA usage anytime a student is enrolled and going to school, make sure all students get free medical, dental, and vision care, and force CPS to make all schools... Read more »
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Overhaul in CPS Finance, Law, ODLSS (SPED), and Talent Needed ASAP

The 2019 Chicago mayoral candidates have been asked a wide variety of questions throughout the campaign trail, including their stances on an elected, appointed, or combination of the two as a CPS school board. However, one question which hasn’t been asked and that’s…Would you support revamping entire departments within CPS to bring the necessary changes... Read more »

No Pledge or Anthem = No Money for a CPS School

How long does it take to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance or stand quietly or sing as the National Anthem is played in a CPS ‘public’ school? Maybe, 10-20 seconds for the Pledge and 60-90 seconds for the Anthem. Both seem like short times, but, many CPS schools don’t require their students to... Read more »

Shalom to a Coach with Dignity

In the world of high school sports, what determines if a head football coach is successful and makes a difference in his player’s lives? Is it his ability to jump up and down and scream at his players to get them to knock the snot out of an opposing player? Is it the coach who... Read more »
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Chicago for Sale, Again?

Two separate pieces in the Tribune’s Editorial and Perspective pages on Monday could have been combined into one article to really give readers a better insight into Chicago politics. “The Chicago Way on trial” editorial  (http://trib.in/1ZPTPKR) and William’s Daley’s view on “Chicago needs more surveillance cameras” (http://trib.in/1KBUvg1) would have been a better read if the... Read more »

A Small Act of Kindness Speaks Volumes

An interesting thing happened after the Lane Tech and Taft high school football game on Friday night and I was so fortunate to witness it. And, I hope this story of an act of kindness and compassion will let people know of the good there is throughout CPS and not the negative CPS stories which... Read more »

Dibs Chicago: The Outdoor Garage

In Chicago, snow means a number of things. But to most it means longer traffic times and shoveling out your street parking spot. And, with the shoveling of your parking spot comes the unwritten rule of saving your spot: Dibs. Why should someone too lazy to brave the weather and do the shoveling profit from... Read more »
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Time for Samurai Mike to Come Home

If the Bears want to turn around their defense in 2014, the first move they need to make is to fire defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and replace him with Bears great Mike Singletary. While, Tucker has only been with the Bears for one season, the one thing which stands out is how his defense hasn’t... Read more »