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Is This Cognitive Dissonance or Is Everything Just Fine?

By Mike Fourcher

When you live in a community where everything seems to go well, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on outside of the neighborhood. Are we suffering from a kind of cognitive dissonance with the rest of Chicago?

Study: Local Schools Overcrowded By State, City Standards

By Sam Charles

The 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Union strike left many questions unanswered. Though contract disputes between the union and CPS were resolved, questions of school closures lingered even after teachers left the picket line and returned to the classroom. CPS and the union both acknowledged that some schools would be closed. Those schools on the chopping block, Read the Rest…

Bell School Construction Set For Next Spring, Coonley’s Next

By Sam Charles

Expected to be completed in the next six months, the addition to Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, 3730 N. Oakley Ave., will feature a new science lab, art room, music room, multipurpose cooking kitchen and multipurpose room. The project consists of a new addition on the south side of the existing school and specific renovations on the interior Read the Rest…

Despite Prior Objections, Riverfront Developments On Track

By Sam Charles

Within the next two years, despite community opposition, two additions to the Chicago Riverfront near Roscoe Village will be completed with the hope of garnering more attention for the body of water so frequently subjected to playing second fiddle to Lake Michigan. The Clark Park Boathouse and Kerry Wood Cubs Field, scheduled to complete construction in Read the Rest…

Burley Park Construction In Final Phase

By Sam Charles

The construction of a multi-purpose community park and garden on the grounds of Burley School, 1630 W. Barry Ave., is moving along and should be completed within the next 12 months, according to the school’s principal. Though plans for the project have been in the works for the future Burley Community Park since 2006, there Read the Rest…

Ravenswood School To Host National Arts Conference This Week

By Sam Charles

Ravenswood Elementary School will be one of three schools in Chicago to host an national arts school conference this week, convening educators from across the country to discuss arts education techniques and to showcase the school’s integrated arts curriculum. Ravenswood Elementary School, 4332 N. Paulina St., will be opened to arts educators from across the country on Read the Rest…

Teachers Strike: No School, Where to Send Your Children – UPDATED

By Patty Wetli

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools board failed to reach agreement on terms of a new contract, resulting in the first teachers strike in 25 years. No instruction will take place at any CPS school today. Though CPS has opened 144 schools to provide half-day supervision for the district’s neediest students, parents are Read the Rest…

Lane Tech Earns Blue Ribbon Honor

By Patty Wetli

A bright spot amidst the dark clouds looming over CPS: Lane Tech College Prep High School, 2501 W. Addison St., was named a National Blue Ribbon School in today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Education. Lane Tech was one of two high schools in Illinois to earn the designation (the other was Jones College Read the Rest…

What Contingency Plan? Parents in the Dark About What Happens if Teachers Go on Strike

By Patty Wetli

As the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools traded announcements yesterday — CTU setting a strike date of Sept. 10 and CPS issuing its contingency plan for students — parents were left scratching their heads. How will CPS dole out its $25 million in emergency funds? Where’s the list of the 140+ schools that Read the Rest…

Jahn’s New Leadership Team Prepared to Move Mountains

By Patty Wetli

There’s a new sheriff principal in town at Jahn World Language School, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave. Stephanie Bloom, who was selected by the Local School Council in June to replace the retiring Sulma Grigalunas, has wasted no time in assembling her leadership team and crafting a new vision for the elementary school. Bloom, a former Read the Rest…

Parents, Teachers Hold Forum to Outline What’s at Stake as CPS Strike Looms: ‘They Want to Create New Orleans in Chicago’

By Patty Wetli

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and CPS board were expected back at the bargaining table today as the prospect of the first teachers strike in 25 years grows increasingly likely. At a standing-room-only forum held Tuesday night at Old Town’s Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., representatives from CTU detailed the issues that have brought Read the Rest…

Michigan State Alums Adopt Ravenswood Elementary

By Patty Wetli

It’s a boy! It’s a girl! It’s 500 boys and girls! The Michigan State family just welcomed a sizable number of new additions as the university’s Chicago-area alumni network adopted Ravenswood Elementary. MSU’s 30,000 local alums will now throw their considerable support behind the magnet arts cluster school. Spartan alumni will engage in volunteer activities Read the Rest…

Amundsen LSC Meets in Special Session to Discuss Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and CPS Blues

By Patty Wetli

With the next regular meeting of the Local School Council not scheduled until August, Amundsen Principal Anna Pavichevich called its members together in a special session Tuesday night to discuss staffing and budget issues. First up came the announcement that the school’s two vacant assistant principal positions had been filled. Pavichevich introduced Amundsen veteran Leonard Read the Rest…

Prep for College Search at Parent University

By Patty Wetli

You’ve heard the horror stories about the college application process. Fear not, Chicago parents: You’ve already navigated CPS and its unwieldy system, so you are nothing if not battle ready. To get a further leg up on the competition, attend Parent University, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon, at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen Read the Rest…

Back to School: New LSCs at Amundsen and Chappell Preparing for September

By Patty Wetli

In just her sixth official day on the job, Anna Pavichevich, the new principal at Amundsen High School (5110 N. Damen Ave.), led her first meeting of the Local School Council this past Tuesday. “It is my intention to be very transparent,” she said, and then made good on that promise in her report to Read the Rest…

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