Author: Chicago Unheard

Chicago Public Schools at it Again

Chicago Public Schools often manages to get in their own way by not focusing on what’s most important (in this case the education of our children) and leaning into their values (equity, fairness, justice, and accountability). Earlier this month CPS released a request for proposals (RFP) for 40 of the school buildings they closed in 2013. As noted in several news sources (Chicago…

It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year If You’re Applying to CPS Schools

The Chicago education system is becoming a system of choice (even though the quality of options available to poor Black and Brown families is still too limited).  But, with so much choice, it can be kind of stressful for families as they try to wade through it all.  The Chicago Sun-Times recently highlighted what some families go through at this…

3rd Grader’s Chant “I Must Push Through” After 2016 Election

3rd grade teacher at Mastery Charter School (Philadelphia) Jasmyn Wright recently taught her students a motivational chant in response to the 2016 presidential election results. A diverse setting of black and brown students are seen chanting with Wright “I must push through”, call and response style. “What if you don’t know how to do it?” Wright asks. “I must push…

Don’t Blame Public School Choice For Society’s Failures, says John Legend

Grammy and Academy Award winner John Legend has been using his voice for more than singing these days. The “All of Me” singer recently penned a essay in response to the NAACP’s moratorium on charter public schools. Check out what he had to say. Black kids across the country are being given a raw deal. Slavery ended 150 years ago, but…

Can Arne Duncan Save Chicago?

They called him the Cobra in Australia, where he played pro basketball for four years. Maybe it was the way he would languidly uncoil his 6-foot-5 frame before striking with his jumper. Not even Arne Duncan himself knows why a “crazy announcer” gave him the nickname—and likely never will: “That guy’s dead.” The moniker seems wildly ill fitted to the…