A hot meeting in Roseland last night. It was a youth- led "ËœTown Hall' put on by the Roseland Safety Networks Coalition to address community tension that has followed the beating death of Fenger Academy honor student Derrion Albert.
Charter schools are seen by a lot of folks as a way to break teacher unions -- or at least a way to operate outside their work rules.
Three Chicago charter schools have formed their own union and are fighting for recognition.
I was swamped with other work when the Pew Hispanic study first came a few weeks ago, and vowed to come back to it. That turned out to be much more rewarding: Richard Fry, the study's author, helped me crunch some local numbers that form the basis for today's report.