Posts tagged "CPS"

Chicago Schools New Sex Ed Policy

So, in the midst of controversial school closings plan, comes what some are considering a risky new sexual education policy soon to be implemented by Chicago Public Schools. The headlines nationwide appear to focus on the fact that this new policy will have ¬†”sexual education” for kindergarteners, and apparently, no one seems to care that... Read more »

Boxing: Chicago's Solution to Gun Violence?

Medill Reports put out an article today that stated that the¬†Illinois State Crime Commission and the Police Athletic League are going to introduce a new youth anti-violence initiative: learning to box. How will a violent sport deter violence? Boxing lessons will deter gun violence in the sense that it will provide kids with activities instead... Read more »

Top Ten Chicago Political Stories of 2012 (Social Justice Edition)

Unions were a hot topic the latter part of 2012, and that was partially due to the Chicago Teacher's Union strike in September that made national headlines not just for unions but deteriorating school conditions everywhere. (http://www.chicagonow.com/poli-chi/2012/09/an-analysis-rahm-emanuel-ctu-strike-commercial/)
From the NATO protests to the CTU strike, 2012 was a big year for social justice causes in Chicago. Below are ten events that allowed the social justice movement to gain momentum in Chicago in 2012.
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Free Participation Gift Cards

The City of Chicago started incentivizing parents to come pick up their children’s report cards by offering gift cards to Walgreens. I’m sure it will hook a couple of parents to come in, but the problem is it is not a sustainable solution. Parents who don’t value education in itself as a noble pursuit, or... Read more »

Why Good Libraries are Important for Education

The Chicago Tribune reported that three of the nation’s best libraries are in the Chicagoland area. One is in Arlington Heights, the other two in Schaumburg and Naperville. No Chicago libraries made the list. The three libraries that did make the list have budgets that vary from $5-10 million, and have extensive hours that go... Read more »

Poverty and Absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently received a failing grade for attendance. According to the study, one in eight students (about 32,000 pupils) missed four or more weeks of elementary school. That’s missing about 20 days in a 180 day school calendar. What brings this story to the headlines is that attendance is tied to federal... Read more »
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The Growing Prevalence of Learning Disabilities

I wrote a blog post in August about how I don’t believe in bilingual education because it rarely achieves its purpose of achieving English language proficiency. While I stand by that point, I made another remark in that post that I would like to rewrite. I commented that many of the students, who were my... Read more »

Why Chicago Needs an Elected School Board

Why Chicago Needs an Elected School Board
One of the issues that CTU took up during the strike was that the CPS school board is appointed not elected. Every school district in Illinois has some sort of an appointed school board except Chicago, and 96 percent of school districts nationwide have an elected school board. So, why does Chicago take so much... Read more »

An Analysis: Rahm Emanuel's CTU Strike Commercial

If you own a TV and live in the Chicagoland area, chances are you have seen the commercial that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put out about the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike contract. There has been some controversy over how much the air time to run the commercial costs at $1 million. The group that funded... Read more »
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Blog Op-Ed: CTU Strike & the Charter School Problem

One of the main issues that people had with the CTU strike was that it was attacking charter schools. Charter schools are seen by many people as bastions for public education. Yes, some students turn out very successful when they go to a charter school. Yet, what people fail to see is that charter schools... Read more »
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