| Sep 23, 2012
So far, almost all of Chicago's top Democratic donors have abstained from giving to Priorities USA Action, the leading super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
According to records released late Thursday, only a half-dozen or...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 5:02 PM
Trends in education come and go, and sometimes come back again.
Straight from the everything-old-becomes-new-again department comes a theme that's generating attention at the moment. It's a bit squiggly to grasp — think: eating Jell-O with a fork...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 3:01 PM
They came to hear classical music, but all they got was crickets!
More than 2,000 classical music lovers were all dressed up and ready to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but arrived to find the musicians on strike!
“I don't know really what...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 7:46 PM
Getting lost during the national attention on the recent Chicago Teachers strike was that administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to have student achievement be part of their job evaluation, an unprecedented arrangement.
| Sep 27, 2012
Bored and visibly sneering as she fiddles with her cellphone while sitting at her desk, the grade school teacher barely takes notice of the sweet young girl challenged by learning disabilities. The student stands nervously before the blackboard,...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 7:49 PM
Chicago Public Schools have announced the make-up days for the seven school days lost during the teacher strike.
For students on a traditional schedule, which is most of the system, the make-up days are:
- January 3 and 4
- Presidents Day, February 18
| Sep 29, 2012
| 4:52 AM
Another teachers strike is possible, this one for North Shore School District-112.
The Highland Park-based school board and the teacher’s union have been meeting with a federal mediator since July, to come up with a contract.
| May 28, 2013
| 9:48 PM
A week after his hand-picked Board of Education approved the contentious closing of 49 elementary schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel touted rising graduation rates as a sign that the district is on the right track.
A projected 63 percent of Chicago public...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 6:27 AM
West Chicago elementary teachers are back in the classrooms this morning after nearly 12 hours of negotiations produced a tentative contract.
Talks began at 1 p.m. Wednesday and the deal was reached around 12:30 a.m., officials said
| Feb 4, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Teachers in West Chicago's elementary school district went on strike Monday after contract talks with administrators broke down over the weekend.
In a message on its website, School District 33 said negotiators representing the teachers union had...
| Jan 24, 2013
As anyone who has ever attended a Chicago Public Schools board meeting knows, there is no shortage of news or opinions on the Chicago schools beat.
Since I first began covering the city's public schools in October 2010, the district has gone through...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 11:27 AM
A union representative says teachers in Grayslake-based District 46 who walked off the job this morning have offered to take a pay freeze for the current school year and await the school board’s next move.
The school board president counters...