FBI raids on Concept Schools included Rogers Park school, Des Plaines offices

FBI raids targeting Concept Schools included the national charter-school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park.

De Diego Elementary principal, assistant principal ousted

The principal and assistant principal of a “welcoming school” on the near Northwest Side have been removed from their posts, according to Chicago Public Schools.

Alice Vera, principal of Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy, 1313 N. Claremont Ave., and an assistant principal have been …

Algebra students struggle to find formula to end violence


The task for 300 South Side high schoolers: Brainstorm ways to quell the city’s violence. The solution for some: Move to Florida.

CPS officials talking to prospective buyer for headquarters

Chicago Public Schools confirmed it’s in talks with an interested buyer for its headquarters at 125 S. Clark St. District spokesman Joel Hood said CPS is discussing a potential sale with Marc Realty Residential, but said the proceedings are in their early stages.

2 Sun-Times staffers win top honors for education writing


Two Chicago Sun-Times staffers — reporter Dan Mihalopoulos and deputy editorial page editor Kate N. Grossman — have won top honors in the National Awards for Education Reporting competition.

Emanuel: I welcome principals’ concerns and ideas


“If a principal has a concern or an idea . . . my attitude is, ‘We want to hear about it if there are concerns,’ ” Emanuel said Wednesday. “Barbara [Byrd-Bennett] meets regularly with the principals. I meet with them when I go to the schools and bring their ideas in.”

Glenbrook South teacher Jeff Yordy, dead at 55, led award-winning horticulture teams


At a north suburban high school known for academics, Jeff Yordy made his mark teaching horticulture. Mr. Yordy, who died March 29 at age 55 following heart surgery, started teaching at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview in 1984, and the school horticulture team he coached won the state championship for an astounding 22 years of his tenure there.

CPS sets 2015 capital budget at $423 million


Easing overcrowding, repairing crumbling buildings and installing air conditioning all get priority in Chicago Public Schools’ proposed 2015 capital budget — one of the smaller budgets in recent years, officials said Friday.

CPS will put air conditioners in 57 schools by this fall

The schools are spread throughout the city and CPS says schools with the “highest need” are going first. That means schools with no air or partial air will likely get air conditioning installed this summer in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

CPS to name new selective-enrollment school for Obama


Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday unveiled plans to use $60 million in tax increment financing funds to build another selective-enrollment high school for 1,200 students to be named for President Barack Obama.

CPS International Baccalaureate program grows to five more schools

Five Chicago Public schools are adding International Baccalaureate programs for elementary and middle schoolers in the fall, joining several dozen other Chicago schools that already offer the internationally recognized model.

Gresham staff, parents protest plans for CPS ‘turnaround’


Gresham Elementary School Principal Diedrus Brown continued her very vocal fight Tuesday to save her school from undergoing a so-called “turnaround” — but this time with about 40 teachers, parents and students marching with her.

Gresham supporters rally against planned CPS turnaround


Gwen Herbert offered two reasons Tuesday to keep Gresham Elementary School open: A doctor and a lawyer.

Byrd-Bennett declares school closing process a success


As fervent supporters defended several schools pegged for major changes this fall, Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Wednesday said last year’s historically massive school closing process made the district stronger “in spite of dire predictions.”

CPS website will collect ideas, gauge interest in closed buildings

Chicago Public Schools is collecting ideas and proposals for more than 40 of the school buildings it shuttered in last year’s massive school closing on a website the district launched Friday. Members of the public and community groups can submit proposals for the old school …

Museum’s science program helps teachers and students: study

The Museum of Science and Industry’s program teaches middle school educators to better instruct their students in science class. A study tested teachers participating in the program as well as teachers not participating and both group’s students. It found the museum’s program directly affects a teacher’s science knowledge. The students of teachers participating in the museum’s program also did better in the study’s tests and had a better understanding of the scientific concepts and how they apply in real life, according to the study.