We Need School Discipline Reform But We Also Need to Protect Teachers

Tonight, Educators for Excellence Chicago will lead a town hall on disparities in school discipline. Illinois recently passed a low that commits the state to maintaining a focus on reducing disparities, using the federal guidance on discipline issued under the Obama administration. Tonight’s Town Hall runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan. Bringing equitable discipline…

What’s Up in CPS the Week of June 4, 2018?

There’s never a dull moment in Chicago Public Schools. Sex Abuse in CPS The Chicago Tribune exposé on sex abuse in district schools prompted CPS leaders to create an action plan that features improved background checks, more employee training on reporting abuse and increased supports for victims. As the plan goes into action, it’s worth remembering inadequate protection against sexual…

Chicago Students Say #Enough to Gun Violence

On Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m., Everytown for Gun Safety will host a Wear Orange event in Hadiya Pendleton Park, 4345 S. Calumet Avenue. While #WearOrange events will be happening all over the country this weekend, the Chicago event includes a twist: a public art project developed by local students. Students from Chicago’s public and private schools have been…

Welcome to Chicago Unheard

There’s a new story emerging in Chicago—a story of academic progress in the city’s public schools. Despite the endless political drama that surrounds the Chicago Public Schools, elementary students are making academic gains that outpace their peers in Illinois and the nation. In high schools, more students are graduating and, slowly but surely, more graduates are earning college degrees. While…

We Got Rid of Roseanne. Now Let’s Get Rid of Racist Teachers in Schools.

Roseanne Barr’s recent racist rant isn’t surprising to most Black people. In fact, it is the exact type of commentary Black folks have to encounter ALL THE TIME.   Most damaging are the “Roseannes” who work in schools and educate our children. A recent Washington Post story dug in on surveys of Black elementary school children and concluded that something…

Barton Dassinger at Chavez Elementary

Hey 7th-Graders, Here’s the App to Help You Find a High School

By launching GoCPS this school year, Chicago Public Schools took a huge step toward making applying to both elementary and high schools easier and more fair. But the process isn’t perfect and many families are still struggling to learn how it works. During Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting at Back of the Yards College Prep, CEO Janice Jackson fielded questions from…

3 Stupid, Racist Responses to Chance’s $1 Million Dollar Action

Yesterday Chance the Rapper announced a $1-million-dollar donation to Chicago Public Schools and a call to action on the part of his fellow celebrities and his fans.  The press conference and the gift were in response to an “unsuccessful” meeting between Chance and Governor Bruce Rauner about the $215 million dollars that the governor has been holding back from Chicago…