Category: Chicago neighborhoods

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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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A Voice Lost and She'll Be Missed...

Why do people write to newspapers and voice their opinions, allowing perfect strangers to read about their personal experiences and beliefs? Is there a secret letter-writers society with a secret handshake and a decoder ring given to all its members? A lot of people have asked me similar questions to these throughout the years, and... Read more »

Whatever Happened to Bernie the Clown, Preacher Man, and Buddy?

Whatever happened to Mike the butcher, Bernie the clown, Wally the telephone guy, or Barb the hairdresser? And, whatever happened to the tradition of naming your eldest boy after his father, who was named after his father? Hey, I didn’t like being called ‘the turd’, but, it was worth it to me to be named after... Read more »