CPS

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...
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...
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 ...
Wed, 09/07/2011
As Chicago Public School students began the new school year Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued his push to implement a longer school day this year, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to any elementary school willing to break with the Chicago Teachers Union and add extra time. At a back-to-school event at STEM Magnet Academy,...
Fri, 09/02/2011
Just days after ruling out a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union finds itself grappling with dissent and fighting for public support, as district leaders have begun circumventing the union in their push for a longer day this school year. After pressing the union unsuccessfully to agree to a longer day throughout the summer, Chicago Public Schools...