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For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 “Nation at Risk” report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled since the 1970s. The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics). Reformers have urged — depending upon where they stand ideologically — smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice. Each year seems to bring a new fad: child-centered learning, new … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ignoring due process unfair to college students ]]> Lead story image

Long ago and far away, a woman we hardly knew presented herself bruised and weeping on our doorstep one night. She told a vivid tale of woe. An old friend of our family she’d been dating had supposedly beaten her and thrown her down the stairs. Why she’d come to our house instead of police headquarters wasn’t entirely clear. The story went on for hours. After she’d gone, I asked my wife, “What percentage of that did you believe?” Her eyes got big. She’s a warm, compassionate soul whom people frequently seek out for advice. ”What do you mean?” she … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:12:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ A former Cook County prosecutor urges drug legalization ]]>

BY INGE FRYKLUND: I helped set up the Night Bond Court, and several observations stuck with me. Many arrests were drug-related. We also had a lot of repeat customers, people arrested over and over for minor drug offenses. The weight of the criminal law was coming down most heavily on a vulnerable inner city population. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:13:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Build on Gaza ceasefire ]]>

BY ALAN ELSNER: The war between Israel and Gaza may have ended but Israelis, Palestinians and the international community should not be satisfied with a ceasefire and a return to “business as usual.” We need use this agreement to create a framework for a truly better future for the residents of Gaza and use that achievement as a building block for a new effort to negotiate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two state solution. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:25:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ 11 ways fend off cyber attacks ]]>

BY LISA MADIGAN: Given the growing number of cyber hacks and security breaches, people question whether they can really do anything to secure their personal and financial information. The truth is you can do a lot. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:11:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blowing smoke on corporate taxes ]]>

BY RICHARD C. LONGWORTH: American corporate leaders love to complain about the nation’s high corporate tax rate, one of the highest in the world. This rate, they say, is stifling business investment and encouraging U.S. corporations to move their headquarters to other countries. It sounds logical. But it may not be true. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:11:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ The myth of a GOP ‘Southern strategy’ ]]> Lead story image

While chatting with Brian Lamb on C-SPAN over the weekend, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-New York, dropped a few falsehoods as casually as cigar ash. His assertion — that the Republican and Democratic parties “changed sides” in the 1960s on civil rights, with white racists leaving the Democratic Party to join the Republicans — has become conventional wisdom. It’s utterly false and should be rebutted at every opportunity. It’s true that a Democratic president, Lyndon Johnson, shepherded the 1964 Civil Rights Act to passage. But who voted for it? Eighty percent of Republicans in the House voted aye as against … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPS graduation rate jumps 4% to record high ]]> Lead story image

BY RAHM EMANUEL AND BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT: The latest evidence of CPS progress is a record high school graduation rate of 69.4 percent for the last school year, a 4 percent increase from just a year ago. Three years ago, the graduation rate was only 58.3 percent. Even more significant, research by the University of Chicago has projected that more than 80 percent of last year’s high school freshmen are on track to graduate. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:35:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Protect pregnant mothers in the workplace ]]>

BY GOV. PAT QUINN: On Tuesday, I will sign a bill to ensure all working pregnant women in Illinois are guaranteed a supportive work environment without having to worry about their babies’ safety. There is no room in the workplace for any kind of discrimination, especially against our expectant mothers. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:46:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL players reveal nation’s poor treatment of chronic pain ]]>

BY DR. LYNN WEBSTER: Precious little is said aloud about the kind of chronic and debilitating pain that afflicts the likes of former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne. They are not alone. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wind turbines don’t make people sick ]]>

BY LINDSAY ABRAMS: Turbines kill birds, make noise and, according to some, are a blight on the landscape. But compared to all that, they’re a much lesser evil — and attempts to turn them into more, so far, are failing to stop the growth of Big Wind. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL players reveal nation’s poor treatment of chronic pain ]]>

BY DR. LYNN WEBSTER: Precious little is said aloud about the kind of chronic and debilitating pain that afflicts the likes of former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne. They are not alone. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Media won’t wait until 2016 to lie about Hillary ]]> Lead story image

I once knew a curmudgeonly physician whose wife practiced family therapy. In her off hours, she often counseled a small army of girlfriends through romantic entanglements. One evening at dinner, the grumpy doctor decided he’d heard enough secondhand tales of woe. ”Look,” he said. “I know people have got to (bleep). It was covered in the medical school curriculum. But they certainly don’t have to talk about it to the exclusion of all else, do they?” That’s my attitude toward the 2016 presidential race. I’m assuming that Hillary Clinton’s running because of how ostentatiously she’s not made up her mind. … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:10:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Timid Obama waits for ‘history’ to vanquish foes ]]> Lead story image

Bad actors around the globe keep getting confused about the calendar, and it falls to the Obama administration to set them straight. The Russians, Secretary of State John Kerry protested back in March, have forgotten what century we’re living in: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext.” Kerry was echoing President Obama’s observation that by seizing Crimea, Russian president Putin was putting himself “on the wrong side of history.” It’s a theme this president sounded in his first inaugural address, warning that “those who cling to power through … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Israel seeks only to survive ]]>

BY U.S. REP. RANDY HULTGREN: On a trip to Israel, the congressman from Illinois is reminded just how vital American support remains. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:41:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ How air conditioning remade America ]]>

BY HENRY GRABAR: Because of air conditioning, Americans are more likely to eat, watch and do the same stuff across the country. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:43:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Undermining kindergarten, one test at a time ]]>

BY TAMMY HAGGERTY JONES: It used to be that kindergarteners were considered too young for school-wide testing, but times have changed, and from September until June they participate in five sets of standardized tests. This is far too many tests, stressing out students, depriving them of precious time to grow and explore and consuming massive amounts of teacher time that could be better spent educating. I’m all for keeping track of students, particularly the ones that are already falling behind, but this is counterproductive. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:29:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Declare Pullman a national park ]]>

BY U.S. REP. ROBIN KELLY: A Pullman National Park in Chicago could become the Statue of Liberty for American labor. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:14:11 -0500