The Answer Sheet: Chicago

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 09/21/2013

Two schools and the vast imbalance of privilege

A comparison of two schools shows the very different circumstances in which rich and poor students are educated.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:48 AM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Story From Chicago, Poverty

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 08/25/2013

Teacher: It's not enough to 'just' teach anymore

' And so I started to understand that my students needed a big sister in the classroom, but they needed an activist on their behalf outside of the classroom.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 08/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Becoming An Activist, Chicago Teachers

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/20/2013

So much for keeping cuts away from the classrooms

Chicago officials trying to close a big budget deficit are laying off some 2,100 people, including teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:25 PM ET, 07/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Layoffs, Chicago Schools, So Much For Minimization.

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Teach For America critics gathering to organize resistance

It's the first ever national gathering of TFA critics. Here's what they plan to do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Summit, Teach for America

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Fireworks at Chicago school board meeting

Watch the video.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Schools, Students Protest, Tossed Out

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The biggest irony in Chicago's mass closing of schools

It goes back to the time of Arne Duncan's leadership of the Chicago school system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Chicago Schools Closings, It's About Arne Duncan, Reform Strategies

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2013

The Rev. John Thomas: No act of God caused Chicago schools closings

A reverend looks at what is really behind the decision by the Chicago Board of Education to go ahead with the largest mass closing of public schools in American history.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago School Closings, Largest Mass Closing in U.S. History, The Schools Are Gone Because....

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/18/2013

Fiery Chicago teachers union president reelected

Karen Lewis wins a new three-year term overwhelmingly.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Teachers, Protests Beginning Today

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 04/20/2013

When it's not his children's school

A parent blasts Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his plan to close more than 50 public schools

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:46 AM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago School Closings, School Reform

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/13/2013

Study: School reform in 3 major cities brings few benefits, some harm

A new study on the effects of corporate-based school reform in Washington D.C., New York City and concludes that little has been accomplished and some harm has been done to students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, D.C., New York City, School Reform

Posted at 12:38 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Where was Chicago mayor when school closings were announced?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was nowhere to be seen in Chicago when officials released the controversial news that 54 public schools would close this year. Where was he?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:38 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Schools, On Vacation

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Chicago closing 54 schools; union leader blasts 'outrageous' plan

Chicago says it will close 54 schools this year; Chicago Teachers Union leader says the closings are a travesty -- and worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'An Insult', Chicago Schools, School Closings

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Schools eligible for 2011 John Lennon Scholarship

The John Lennon Scholarship Program created by Yoko Ono is now accepting applicants from a certain group of schools. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  Appalachian State University, Bard College, Belmont University, Berklee College of Music, Birmingham-Southern College, Brown University, California State University Northridge, Carnegie Mellon University, Catawba College, City College of New York, Clark Atlanta University, Colorado State University, Columbia College (Chicago), DePaul University, Drexel University, Elmhurst College, Emory University, Florida State University, Full Sail, Georgia State University, Harvard University, Hunter College, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Lehigh University, Loyola University (New Orleans), Michigan State University, Middle Tennessee S. University, Millikin University, New England Conservatory, New York University, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Purchase College (SUNY), UCLA, University of Alabama, University of California Los Angeles, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Idaho, University of Memphis, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of North Alabama, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Texas, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, Wilkes Community College, Yale University, john lennon, john lennon scholarships, menc, national association for music education, yoko ono

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/19/2010

Russo: The willy-nilly nature of teacher layoffs

Alexander Russo writes about the case of a highly certified, tenured teacher who is being laid off.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  alexander russo, chicago schools, little village high school, teachers and layoffs

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/07/2010

Student sex mag at unlikely school: U of Chicago

This item might not be worth reporting if it involved another school. But a student-run sex magazine at the University of Chicago, which has long had the unfair reputation of a school where fun goes to die, rates a mention.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life | Tags:  chicago sex magazine, college life, sex magazine, sex on campus, university of chicago, vita excolatur, vita magazine

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 06/01/2010

Chicago's teacher performance-based pay didn't work -- new analysis

A study released today shows no evidence that performance-based compensation for teachers in Chicago improved student math and reading tests when compared with a group of similar schools that did not use the system. Meanwhile, states are rushing to implement this kind of payment system without real evidence that it works.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:38 PM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research, Research | Tags:  analysis on performance-based pay, chicago tap, chicago tap and report, chicago tap program, duncan and chicago, education secretary arne duncan, performance-based pay, race to the top, report on performanced-based pay, tap

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2010

More on Duncan’s VIP list in Chicago

There are new details about a list of VIPS and others who asked then Chicago Schools Superintendent Arne Duncan for help in getting certain children into top public schools. And here's an interesting discussion about the list and Duncan's record in Chicago.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  Chicago public schools, Ed Secretary Arne Duncan