Author: Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of a middle-schooler. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.
CPS Moms

Reopening Negotiations Get Quiet While Parents Get Loud

Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union continued talks this week about how to reopen district schools safely for families who want an in-person option. But so far, there’s no deal. Chalkbeat Chicago keeps track of the blow-by-blow here. While talks continue behind closed doors, parents are speaking out publicly about the challenges of remote learning and the lack…

Parents on CU FB Live

In the Face of A CPS-CTU Showdown, Parents Speak Out

After a day with no further progress in negotiations over reopening, Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson issued an ultimatum: show up for work Monday or get locked out Tuesday. Back on Friday, the district and the union announced tentative agreement on a number of issues, but made no further progress over the weekend. The biggest hurdles:…

Educate Don't Incarcerate

CPS Partners with Community Groups to “Reimagine” School Safety

Today, Chicago Public Schools announced it is partnering with five Chicago community groups to create alternatives to police in schools. The five groups are: The Ark of St. Sabina, BUILD Inc., Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), Mikva Challenge and Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE). Each group will receive a $30,000 grant for the work, which was funded…