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.
It's no secret that Hideout co-owner Tim Tuten is a big Obama supporter. His Bucktown music club hosted numerous fundraisers for Obama the candidate and put on "The Big Shoulders Ball" in DC to celebrate the inauguration of Obama the President.
Last Friday Linda Lutton reported on the results of the Chicago regional spelling bee and Kira Gallancy's ultimate victory. Kira will be heading to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
When I see articles and hear stories about the rising number of trade- and grad-school applicants (I even penned an earlier post about it myself), I admittedly don't take time to do the math. But how much money are people really sacrificing to attend these schools?