Tag: Chicago Public Schools

Students Don’t Learn From Suspensions But Restorative Justice Offers Opportunity

For the last few years, Chicago Public Schools has been working hard to change its discipline policies and practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Instead, the district is encouraging principals and teachers to use restorative justice practices such as peace circles, conversations to restore relationships and formal letters of apology to repair harm and restore community. This shift is essential.…

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.…

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…