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Poor Kids In Chicago Have More Options For Where To Go To School, But That's Not Necessarily Good

"Not having to participate in this complicated system is really a privilege."<p>Long gone are the days when poor children in Chicago got trapped in failing neighborhood schools. Nowadays, families from low-income neighborhoods are more likely to send their kids to a greater range of types of schools …

Washington Supreme Court Declares Charter Schools Unconstitutional

This is a huge ruling from the Washington Supreme Court late on a Friday afternoon.<p>According to the <i>Seattle Times</i>, the Washington State Supreme Court …

15 Gorgeously Designed Henna Tattoos with Unbelievably Intricate Patterns

For thousands of years, the art of henna (called <i>mehndi</i> in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. The henna plant is crushed and mixed with other ingredients into a paste, which can then be applied to the skin in dazzlingly intricate patterns. Once the …

Body Art

The 8 Most Charming Places to Stay on Your Cuban Vacation

The U.S. flag is now flying again at the embassy in Cuba, which means that easily traveling there from America is becoming more of a reality. While flights will become more readily available in the near future, hotel options are not so prevalent—a complete Havana itinerary isn’t going to be …

How New Orleans Proved Urban-Education Reform Can Work

The creation of high-achieving urban charter schools is one of the most impressive triumphs of American social policy. For all the success of the New …

Education

Welcome to Uniontown: Arrowhead Landfill Battle a Modern Civil Rights Struggle

UNIONTOWN, Alabama — As Esther Calhoun sees it, discrimination, rooted in the acts of many, has turned this wisp of a town into a dumping ground.<p>Alabama’s biggest municipal-waste site sits on a county road dotted by well-worn homes. Despite objections from a largely African-American neighborhood in …

US Education Reform and the Maintenance of White Supremacy Through Structural Violence

(Image: School bus via Shutterstock)<p><i>U.S public schools are more segregated today than they have been since before the desegregation efforts that</i> …

Education

Exposing the charter school lie: Michelle Rhee, Louis C.K. and the year phony education reform revealed its true colors

<b>Arne Duncan, Louis CK, Michelle Rhee (AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Mary Altaffer/FX)</b><p>Charter schools promised new education innovations. Instead, they produced scam after new scam<p>Jeff Bryant<p>January 1, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Since it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites and television talk shows scan …

Education

Education reformers have it all wrong: Accountability from above never works, great teaching always does

<b>(AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Jeff Chiu/Mary Altaffer)</b><p>Common Core or No Child Left Behind — reformers always try to manage change from above. It fails & hurts our kids<p>Jal Mehta<p>May 24, 2015 6:59pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake …

Oxford University Press

No Child Left Behind’s One Big Achievement?

Some advocates say the notorious law actually improved outcomes for special-ed students—and they fear that Congress's rewrites to the law could put an end to that progress.<p>Nearly two decades ago, when Ricki Sabia insisted her 5-year-old son could read, his public-school teachers didn’t believe her. …

One Step Closer to Life After No Child Left Behind

A promising rewrite to the notorious law just passed another hurdle.<p>After months of anticipation—and nearly a decade of neglect—No Child Left Behind’s demise is closer than ever to becoming a reality. The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a much-anticipated bill that would remake the 50-year-old law …

This American Life explains why school segregation still exists — and is so hard to change

School integration has shrunk steadily for nearly three decades: Ever since 1988, the number of black students and white students who attend school together has decreased. And the achievement gap between black and white students has grown.<p>Sunday's <i>This American Life</i> provided a potent look at how …

“Reform” makes broken New Orleans schools worse: Race, charters, testing and the real story of education after Katrina

An all-charter-school system was heralded as the future for urban schools. The future is filled with flaws<p>Jennifer C. Berkshire<p>August 3, 2015 9:57am (UTC)<p>Here is all you need to know about the New Orleans schools before Hurricane Katrina hit, 10 years ago this summer: They were awful. The schools …

New Orleans

Ald. Howard Brookins Has Slight Lead Over Marvin McNeil in 21st Ward

CHICAGO — Ald. Howard Brookins faced a tough challenge in the 21st Ward.<p>With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Brookins had 50.8 percent of the …

Obstruction of Justice

Lopez Takes On Yanez in 15th Ward Runoff Election

WEST ENGLEWOOD — With Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) running in the 16th Ward, two candidates will face off in a runoff election for her 15th Ward seat on …

Mentoring

7th Ward Remains a Toss-Up Between Natashia Holmes, Gregory Mitchell

HYDE PARK — Ald. Natashia Holmes is fighting to hold onto the 7th Ward seat she was appointed to in 2013 against challenger Gregory Mitchell.<p>Holmes …

Customer Service

Thompson Has Lead on Kozlar in 11th Ward Runoff

BRIDGEPORT — Tuesday's unprecedented runoff election for 11th Ward Alderman pits a Daley against a law student.<p>And Metropolitan Water Reclamation …

Voting

In 43rd, Smith Challenger Vickrey Says: 'It's Not Going to Be Over Tonight'

LINCOLN PARK — The hard-fought race to lead the 43rd Ward is a squeaker as incumbent Ald. Michele Smith led challenger Caroline Vickrey by just 98 …

Leslie Hairston Backs Garcia, Only South Lakefront Alderman To Do So

HYDE PARK — In a last-minute endorsement, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has thrown her support behind Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his attempt to unseat Mayor …

In Polls and Money, Scott Leads Boyce in 24th Ward Race

NORTH LAWNDALE — When it comes to money and polls in the 24th Ward, candidate Michael Scott Jr. might have a leg up on his opponent, second-time …

Campaign Finance

CTU Releases List Of Endorsed Candidates In Chicago Elections

The Chicago Teachers Union has released its official list of endorsements in the February 24 Chicago elections. The labor union supports the …

Unions

18 Wards Head Into Aldermanic Runoff

NBC Chicago and Ward Room bring you profiles on the 18 wards heading into a runoff election April 7.

NBC

DATA: The divide in school funding between the rich and poor

As if the odds weren’t already stacked against children living in poverty, the most recent data available on school funding paints an even more dire …

Education

Emanuel: ‘We’re not out of the woods yet’

When I became mayor, the City of Chicago was on the edge of a financial cliff. Budgets were balanced with one-time revenue sources like the …

Retirement