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Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

CHICAGO (AP) — By extracting Chicago money from a measure all Illinois public schools needed to get state funding this fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner reignited an age-old but divisive political strategy on a new front.  Pitting Chicago against the rest of Illinois has been a popular tool for Rauner, who drummed up enough support outside […]

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno called […]

Report: More Effort Needed to Assist Chicago Homeless

Report: More Effort Needed to Assist Chicago Homeless

Chicago received an “F” for efforts to provide housing and support to its homeless families and students, with more than 13,000 families without a home at some point during the 2014-15 school year, according to a report card released on Nov. 18. During that academic period, nearly half (47 percent) of these 13,000 families were homeless […]

Chicago Residents Want ‘Voice’ in Future of Dyett High

Chicago Residents Want ‘Voice’ in Future of Dyett High

The parents, grandparents, educators and clergy have been starving themselves since Aug. 17, subsisting only on water and juice. The hunger strikers, who are now on Day 30 of their protest, joined scores of demonstrators who have taken to marching in candlelight vigils to President Barack Obama’s home in Chicago every night. About 3,000 petitioners […]

Ill. Youth Use Selfies to Fight ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’

Ill. Youth Use Selfies to Fight ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’

Among the tools that Illinois youth used to attract support for Senate Bill 100 – which keeps students in classrooms and punches a hole in what critics call the overly-harsh “School-to-Prison Pipeline” – were smartphones and social media. In visits with elected leaders at the state Legislature in Springfield, young people explained how education is […]

Chicago Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Elected School Board

Chicago Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Elected School Board

  Chicago, the country’s third-largest school district, is one of just a handful of U.S. cities with an appointed school board. Members of the Chicago Board of Education are appointed by the mayor.  But on Feb. 24, Chicago residents overwhelmingly voted for an elected school board. It was an advisory vote, which included 37 of […]

Chicago Activists File Petitions for an Elected School Board

Chicago Activists File Petitions for an Elected School Board

  Grassroots activists in Chicago are pressing for an advisory vote on the February 2015 ballot that would allow voters to show whether they want the city’s school board to be elected. Organizers collected more than 50,000 signatures, which were filed Monday with the Board of Elections. Chicago, the third-largest school district in America, is […]

Group: Number of Homeless Students Merits Attention

Group: Number of Homeless Students Merits Attention

  The Windy City has set another record. But homeless advocates in Chicago say that the record is unacceptable – and demands attention by city leaders.  What is turning heads among advocates and residents is that the number of homeless students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) soared by 3,475 young people to a record […]

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