Posts tagged "Chicago Public Schools"

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo
Below is something I posted in September 2011. A year later, very few questions on how to make the system better have been answered– today, teachers are concerned about evaluations, with the union being more concerned about keeping the status quo rather than fixing as product that clearly needs fixing. How come the dropout rate... Read more »

Can Tim King’s Urban Prep Academy provide us a blueprint to a better Chicago Public Schools?

Can Tim King’s Urban Prep Academy provide us a blueprint to a better Chicago Public Schools?
“It’s tough to be what you don’t see.” These are the words of Tim King, the CEO and Founder of Urban Prep Academies. We are all familiar with many of the woes Chicago Public School children have. Roughly 50% of Chicago Public School kids graduate high school. A 2006 University of Chicago study found that... Read more »

Fixing Chicago Public Schools should be a priority

Fixing Chicago Public Schools should be a priority
My child is not yet three years old. Recently, my wife attempted to warm me up to the concept that we will have to pay application fees (potentially nonrefundable) to apply for a spot in a good preschool. So after taking time to research schools, tour the schools and send in applications on behalf of a three year... Read more »
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Perhaps instruction time is not the problem with the Chicago Public Schools

Perhaps instruction time is not the problem with the Chicago Public Schools
So, maybe I was wrong.  Over the last few weeks I have berated the Chicago Public Schools on its short school day.  CPS students get the least amount of instruction time of Illinois students.  I have called for the Chicago Teachers Union to embrace the need for more instruction time.  And  I have questioned whether... Read more »

Why does Mayor Emanuel have to remind CPS students to attend the first day of class? Chicago parents must be more responsible for education

Why does Mayor Emanuel have to remind CPS students to attend the first day of class?  Chicago parents must be more responsible for education
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard are performing the annual Chicago late summer ritual: reminding parents about the first day of classes. I’ve always found it a bit disconcerting that parents and students have to be reminded for a full month to attend classes the Tuesday after Labor Day. Then I found... Read more »