NEWS articles

CHA improves access to day care, early childhood education

CHA will start requiring all public housing residents to get a job come January. They'll get more hlep finding day care for their children as they head off to work.

7 years ago | Megan Cottrell

College students tackle live election coverage

Journalism students at three colleges in Chicago this week are celebrating their successful live coverage of this historic Election Day. The show aired on PBS and viewers reacted positively, the students say.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

CPS, opponents headed for legal rematch over local school councils.

Parents and education activists say Chicago Public Schools broke state law by switching from elected local school councils to appointed ones at Orr High School campus, Carver Military Academy and some other city schools.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

City colleges board approves tax hike, discusses ad spending

City Colleges of Chicago trustees OK'd a property tax increase today and discussed the merits of merits of the system's marking campaign, budgeted $5.6 million this academic year.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Duncan: No talk regarding Obama post

Chicagoans are jockeying for position as Barack Obama assembles his White House team. CPS chief Arne Duncan has been mentioned as a potential Secretary of Education.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

City Colleges eye tax hike

Chicago property taxes would increase slightly to meet rising enrollment and costs under a proposal released by college trustees. The public can comment at a meeting Thursday morning.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Suburban, city students band together for school funding reform

The newly formed Illinois Council of Students strives to transcend school district boundaries and funding disparities that separate them. CPS spends $10,000 per student, compared to $17,000 at suburban school districts.

7 years ago | Natasha Wasinski

High fees for debit cards upset Kennedy-King students

Some felt forced into getting the debit cards, say student leaders. And the high fees attached to the cards weren’t made clear to everyone.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Turnaround schools show improved ISAT scores

At two schools where the Chicago Board of Education has replaced staffs and outsourced management, students fared better on standardized tests. Academic performance at the schools is closely watched because CPS plans similar changes at other schools.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

City expands preschool program

The new program involves 50 schools and will increase the number of preschool children in Chicago Public Schools to 33,000. The additional openings are for half-day slots, and are open to children of Chicago residents.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

At S. Side school, evaluating turnaround proves tough

Two years after removing the entire staff at Sherman School, CPS officials say it is a beacon of promise for turnaround projects. But its students still lag on test scores.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Debate over economics think tank continues at University of Chicago

Some at the University of Chicago are calling for the renaming of the The Milton Friedman Institute. They say he ushered in a second Gilded Age of greed and excess now unraveling the economy.

7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Board of Ed okays 13 new schools

Many of the new schools will give a preference to students living in the community where the school is located. After those spots are filled, attendance will be managed with a citywide lottery.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

9 school employees indicted in payroll scam

Seven of the employees, who include teachers and clerks have resigned or been fired, the school district says. Disciplinary action is pending against two payroll clerks accused of processing bogus checks.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Board of Ed to consider new school proposals

The schools that will be reviewed by the board were picked from 88 proposals submitted under Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s Renaissance 2010 project, which calls for opening 100 new schools by 2010.

7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker