Chicago has four elite public high schools. They’re the highest scoring schools in the state, better than top suburban schools. Competition to get is fierce, and ratcheted up again this year. WBEZ looks at who gets into Chicago’s best schools, and who does not.
The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on proposals to close or completely restaff 17 schools. That would make more than 100 the district has shut down or restaffed in the last decade.
Hundreds of teachers, community activists, and parents held a demonstration outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home late Monday to protest proposals to close or completely restaff 17 schools.A board vote on the proposals is scheduled for Wednesday.The crowd walked silently up North Hermitage, then prayed
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that laid off tenured teachers in Chicago do not have a right to be rehired later.The 5-2 ruling Friday came after budget cuts in 2010 forced the city to lay off nearly 1,300 teachers. The Chicago Board of Education later recalled about 715 tenured teachers.
The head of Chicago Public Schools is hoping Illinois can also get a federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. On Thursday President Barack Obama freed 10 states from this education law, including Indiana.CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said the law is too rigid."
Chicago Public Schools is setting guidelines for a longer high school day for the 2012-13 year. CPS maintains that the district falls behind nationally in instructional hours. And that’s coupled with underperforming schools.
What's in a day? Well that's what a group of Chicago teachers has been asking its colleagues--and after hundreds of hours of work, the VIVA Project of Chicago came up with 49 recommendations for how best to use classroom time.