Chicago Public Schools is contracting with for-profit companies to give teens a faster way to earn a high school diploma. Some worry the new, part-time, online alternative schools lower the bar and make a second chance more appealing than the first.
The state's child welfare system leaves hundreds of kids stuck in juvenile jail after their time is served. One juvenile was left in jail by DCFS last year for 190 extra days—that's longer than a school year.
** UPDATED BELOW WITH COMMENT FROM MAYORAL SPOKESWOMAN.The Emanuel administration has been very good to the big national corporations that dominate the summer concert scene on the city’s lakefront, and key players in those companies have in turn been very good to the mayor&rsq