Celebrating the Class of 2018: Noble Academy College Signing Day

When graduating senior Christian Tam told a cafeteria full of younger students at The Noble Academy’s college signing day, “I’ll be going to…,” they corrected him before he could even mention his college. “Graduating from!” voices in the crowd shouted eagerly. “Graduating from Northwestern University,” Tam finished, revealing his gray-and-purple college t-shirt to thunderous applause and cheers. This group of…

What’s Up in CPS This Week? School’s Out

Children enjoying the Chicago open fire hydrant tradition near Spry Elementary in Little Village. While the school year is drawing to a close for many students–tomorrow is the last day for students in most district-run schools–the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board recently predicted a long, hot summer for CPS as it overhauls its handling of sexual abuse allegations. If you volunteer…

Progress, Problems and Politics in the Chicago Public Schools

Last weekend, I bought a subscription to the Chicago Sun-Times, which recently instituted a paywall. I love the gritty, bare-knuckles reporting and cut-through-the-noise columnists of the self-described “Hardest-Working Paper in America.” I’m even getting home delivery. Monday morning, the paper arrived with a lengthy story on “fiascoes” in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that could become a headache for Mayor…

What’s Up in CPS the Week of June 11, 2018?

School Facilities Public Hearings Start Today For decades, Chicago Public Schools made decisions about construction and repair of school facilities with little input from the public and less transparency about the process. In 2011, thanks to pressure from community advocates, Springfield passed a law requiring CPS to create a 10-year capital spending plan, known as the Educational Facilities Master Plan.…