Chicago Public Schools Students Show School Choice Happens

Chicago Public Schools data recently released by a Chicago Public Radio education reporter reveals that high school students express school choice.  The rationale is simple—CPS high school students don’t have a choice BUT to want and need school choice.  The statistics tweeted on Saturday, July 19 show how many Chicago students do NOT attend their... Read more »

Tips for first-generation, low-income college students

This guest post is by Lynda Lopez, a graduate of the University of Chicago and a Chicago public school. I never expected a student like me to struggle in college. I graduated in the top five percent of my class, had been awarded a Questbridge Scholarship to attend the University of Chicago and had always... Read more »

When a Chicago Public Schools teacher smells marijuana

At tomorrow’s Chicago Public Schools Board meeting, Barbara Byrd-Bennett will present revisions to the Student Code of Conduct that, according a CPS press release, “recognize that the best way to support student learning is to keep kids in school and limit out-of-school suspensions, promoting a restorative approach to keep students in the classroom.” I’ve taught... Read more »
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A Chicago Public Schools graduate finds value volunteering in Boston's Cristo Rey School Network

A Chicago Public Schools graduate finds value volunteering in Boston's Cristo Rey School Network
This school year, René Howard-Páez, my former Chicago Public Schools student (and someone who also grew up in Little Village), completed a volunteer year at Boston’s Cristo Rey High School.  From his Facebook posts, I see how comfortable René is in his role as advisor and mentor.  René’s school is lucky to host such an... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools blogger discusses education news on Vocalo's Barbershop Show

Chicago Public Schools blogger discusses education news on Vocalo's Barbershop Show
The Barbershop Show invited me to be part of the Mid-Month Mashup last Friday, May 16 on Vocalo, Chicago Public Radio’s sister station.  Along with host Richard Steele and WBEZ Host & Producer Yolanda Perdomo, I discussed recently released Chicago Public Schools suspension statistics, CPS principals (Troy LaRaviere, Adam Parrot-Sheffer, and Michael Beyer) who’ve been speaking out against... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools teacher disagrees with Chicago Teachers Union decision against Common Core Standards

This morning, I learned through the media that the Chicago Teachers Union voted against the Common Core Standards (CCSS).  Because of my experience as a successful veteran National Board Certified teacher in alternative, neighborhood, and selective-enrollment high schools, I disagree with the CTU’s decision. We Do Have Too Much Testing These weeks, my junior students experienced... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools Blogger & Tribune journalists discuss CNN's Chicagoland

Chicago Public Schools Blogger & Tribune journalists discuss CNN's Chicagoland
Chicago Access Network TV (CAN TV) invited me, The White Rhino blogger; Rick Kogan, classic Chicago journalist; Richard Steele, longtime Chicago radio persona; and Bill Ruthhart, Tribune reporter who exposed Chicagoland staging to discuss CNN’s popular docu-series on this week’s Chicago Newsroom with Ken Davis. Remember to “Like” The White Rhino Blog’s Facebook page and follow me @whiterhinoray.... Read more »

Chicago St. Pius V former pastor celebrates 50 years of priesthood

Chicago St. Pius V former pastor celebrates 50 years of priesthood
This weekend at Pilsen’s St. Pius V Church, Fr. Charles Dahm, known to most people as Fr. Chuck, celebrates his 50th year as Catholic priest in the Dominican order.  At today’s 11:15 a.m. mass, Fr. Chuck said, “I am astounded by the blessings I received in my 50 years as a priest.”  Since 1986, Fr.... Read more »

Why new Barack Obama Chicago public high school is unjust

Today, Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Emanuel announced a new selective-enrollment high school on the near North side of Chicago.  The new school—which will only accept students based on high test scores—will be built on Chicago Park District property near Halsted and Division: prime city real estate.  The new school will likely be named after... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools teacher blogger nominated for national award

Chicago Public Schools teacher blogger nominated for national award
I tell my students to advocate for themselves—so I’m going to do the same.  Because of my blog, this Chicago Public Schools teacher earned a nomination for the national Education Commentator / Blogger Award at the 2014 Annual Bammy Awards, an event organized by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  I’m honored that my... Read more »