Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 suspended, according to CPS spokesman Joel Hood. “The Board’s Office of the Inspector General completed an investigation involving the principal and assistant principal assigned to De Diego Elementary School,” he wrote in an email. “Based upon those investigative findings, the Board suspended both from their administrative responsibilities, but cannot comment further to due to personnel … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:18:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Algebra students struggle to find formula to end violence ]]> Lead story image

The task for 300 South Side high schoolers: Brainstorm ways to quell the city’s violence. The solution for some: Move to Florida. ]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:12:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:46:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 Sun-Times staffers win top honors for education writing ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:55:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emanuel: I welcome principals’ concerns and ideas ]]> Lead story image

“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.” ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:54:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Glenbrook South teacher Jeff Yordy, dead at 55, led award-winning horticulture teams ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPS sets 2015 capital budget at $423 million ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 06:12:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:23:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPS to name new selective-enrollment school for Obama ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 06:25:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 06:11:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gresham staff, parents protest plans for CPS ‘turnaround’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:26:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gresham supporters rally against planned CPS turnaround ]]> Lead story image

Gwen Herbert offered two reasons Tuesday to keep Gresham Elementary School open: A doctor and a lawyer. ]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 06:20:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Byrd-Bennett declares school closing process a success ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:26:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 sites at, which has a full list of available school sites; the website also includes financial and physical information about each property, according to CPS. “Each neighborhood has their own vision for these buildings, and we look forward to hearing their proposals of how we can find a new use that boosts economic activity … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:35:01 -0500