Juan Rangel’s resignation from his $250,000-a-year job as head of the scandal-scarred United Neighborhood Organization capped a classic Chicago tale of clout won and lost. As a boy, Rangel, the son of undocumented immigrants, lived in an attic apartment in Little Village. He went on to become an ally of, and then as a liability to, some of the state’s most powerful politicians.
For the second time in two years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s allies have used their political muscle to keep off the ballot a referendum asking Chicago voters whether they favor a switch to an elected school board.
In the next three years, every high school will offer a foundational computer science course, and within five years, CPS plans to be the first urban district offering kindergarten through eighth-grade computer courses, officials said.
Juan Rangel, longtime leader of the clout-heavy United Neighborhood Organization, is out as UNO’s $250,000-a-year chief executive in the wake of a scandal that cost the group millions in state funding and led to a federal investigation of its bond dealings. UNO operates the largest charter-school network in Illinois.
The bill would ensure that students who take out private loans, which carry no interest-rate limits and offer few alternative repayment plans, understand repayment options, the resources available to them and that they be treated fairly by financial institutions servicing the loans. Private loans are different from federal loans, which already have such consumer protections in place.
Bargaining talks that have lasted a year-and-a-half between the University of Illinois at Chicago and its unionized faculty reached a breaking point, as faculty started voting Monday to authorize a strike.
Chicago Public Schools is going easy on the school overhauls it’s proposing. Last time CPS announced its proposals, dozens of schools were on the chopping block. This year, CPS is suggesting relocating two schools that currently share buildings to other campuses. That would give the two schools that had previously shared their buildings room to expand, CPS said.
Three students were taken to hospitals Monday after an accident in a chemistry class at Lincoln Park High School on the North Side. Methanol was being burned inside a container that shattered, causing the chemical to spill, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.
The Chicago Sun-Times filed suit Friday against the United Neighborhood Organization and its charter-school network, seeking records the newspaper says fall under Illinois’ open records law that the organizations have refused to release.
According to new Illinois School Report Card data, 35 Chicago-area school districts have seen changes in the ethnic or racial makeup of their largest group of students in the past 10 years.
Though Chicago Public Schools officials and Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) say the former Lafayette Elementary School is only one of several buildings under consideration for ChiArts, other City Hall sources described it as a done deal. In the recent school closings, Lafayette was shuttered because of low enrollment. Some in the Lafayette community are questioning why their school was closed only to make room for a new one.
Anna Espinosa wasn’t satisfied just knocking on the doors of Logan Square homes Saturday to ask for support for her plight against the conversion of Ames Middle School into a military academy. So she stopped every person in sight along Armitage Avenue, urging them to call Mayor Rahm Emanuel and top city school officials to stop what she and others called a “military coup at Ames.”
The schools are: Catalyst Circle Rock, Catalyst Howland, Chicago International Charter School Longwood, EPIC Academy and UNO Tamayo.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel sidestepped questions Monday about the future of a key political ally who runs the scandal-scarred United Neighborhood Organization’s charter-school network.
For the first time, Walter Payton College Prep ranks as the No. 1 high school in the state, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of school report card data released Thursday. Hinsdale Central High School claimed the top suburban spot — No. 4 statewide. The analysis of results from tests taken this past spring shows Chicago, with 84.9 percent of its students from low-income households, once again claimed some of the best and worst-scoring schools in the state.
The Chicago Sun-Times first reported that Kenneth Williams was in office despite being convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985. Williams’ conviction was for an “infamous crime” that disqualifies him from serving on the board under the state’s School Code and the Election Code, Judge Rita Novak wrote.