Chicago Public Schools

Mon, 02/27/2012
In sports, it’s about numbers. Leo High School won their latest track and field state title last May by one point. This marked the school’s sixth state championship. When Leo won its first state title in 1981, it became the first Catholic school to take the top trophy in track and field, and no other Catholic school in Illinois has done that...
Thu, 02/09/2012
Chicago elementary schools that underwent various reform efforts since 1997 improved during the first four years of intervention, but still lagged behind the district on state exams, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research said in a report released Wednesday. The long-awaited report also found that high schools that implemented...
Tue, 01/31/2012
As Chicago Public Schools begins what are certain to be contentious contract talks with the Chicago Teachers Union, Mayor Rahm Emanuel emerged as the star of a new online video promoting charter schools and ripping the union. An exclusive interview with Emanuel highlights the 35-minute video produced by the Michigan-based Education Action Group...
Thu, 12/29/2011
Illinois finally crossed the finish line first in the latest “Race to the Top” competition for federal education grants, a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s reform agenda. After coming up empty-handed three times in a row, the state was awarded $42.8 million from the United States Department of Education last week in a fourth round of Race...
Wed, 10/12/2011
As they had done so many times for Mayor Richard M. Daley, aldermen stood and applauded at the end of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first budget speech since he was elected to succeed Daley. And the longest-serving City Council member, Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward) predicted that a “clear majority” of aldermen would approve Emanuel’s 2012 budget proposal...
Mon, 10/03/2011
The Chicago Teachers Union’s closed-door “policy briefings” for aldermen Monday were as much about public relations as they were about school policy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s unofficial City Council floor leader, Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th Ward) said after attending one of the three sessions. For weeks, the union and Emanuel have been locked in a war...
Fri, 09/30/2011
In 20 years of near-constant reform efforts, Chicago’s elementary school students have made few gains, high school students have advanced, and the achievement gap between poor and rich areas has widened, a major University of Chicago study found, contradicting impressions created by years of Chicago Public Schools testing data. The report examined...
Tue, 09/27/2011
For the first time, City Hall’s inspector general has issued a raft of revenue-generating suggestions that together would raise more than $2.2 billion for a city government with an annual budget shortfall that effectively tops $1 billion. In his “budget options” report released late Monday, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson presents estimates of...
Sun, 09/18/2011
As more Chicago public schools cash in on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s longer-day financial incentives by adding 90 minutes to their school day, the previous votes by a dozen schools to add about a half hour to the day by bringing back recess are going unnoticed. Restoring recess is part of a broader health push by parents, advocacy groups and some city...
Tue, 09/13/2011
Teachers and students at more than 280 Chicago Public Schools indicate they need more support to improve their performance, according to the results of a survey conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. The reports about school performance, to be disclosed on the consortium’s website Tuesday,will likely ...