Posts tagged "Chicago Public Schools"

Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson

Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson
Friday November 21st marks 30 years since the death of Chicago public high school great Ben Wilson. You ask any Chicagoan of a certain age and Thanksgiving of the mid 80′s were sorrowful, we lost Ben Wilson the day before Thanksgiving in 1984 and then our beloved Mayor Harold Washington three years later the day... Read more »

Today Chicago Is Now Detroit West

Today Chicago Is Now Detroit West
I was back in my home area of West Pullman today and right in my mother’s driveway a drug transaction took place in front of our eyes and at the bumper of my car. Did I mention this was at 2 in the afternoon in broad daylight? This is what West Pullman has become over... Read more »

Outrage Over Too Many Proposed Chicago Public School Closings On The South Side

Outrage Over Too Many Proposed Chicago Public School Closings On The South Side
I’m sure by now most people have seen the list of 129 Chicago Public Schools (CPS), that could be closed. And I’m sure we’ve all noticed how the south and west sides are overwhelmingly represented on this list. But I will concentrate on the two areas I know best. The area I called home for... Read more »
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Memories of CPS Strikes Past

Memories of CPS Strikes Past
I remember in the 80’s there were strikes or threats of strikes every year or two. The only lengthy  strikes were in 1983 and 1987, but there were some one or two day strikes as well, I believe in maybe 1985. But we were strike weary by then. Dealing with the likes of CPS board... Read more »

Is A Chicago Public School Teacher Strike Inevitable or a Necessary Evil?

Is A Chicago Public School Teacher Strike Inevitable or a Necessary Evil?
My mother is a retired Chicago public school teacher and a former union delegate, she went on strike 10 times in her teaching career from 1965 to 2000 and I spoke with her over the weekend about the current labor issues with the Chicago public school system. She says she knows how tough it is... Read more »
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