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Schooled by experts: Chicago researchers share some facts about school reform

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

This morning I attended an excellent symposium on a variety of education issues presented by CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education), the nearly two-year-old group of 100 Chicago-area academic experts who have already created some excellent resources to help parents, community groups, students and others to better understand the truth about corporate school reform. CReATE’s first effort was a paper called  “Chicago School Reform: Myths, Realities, and New Visions”, which clarified some of the education issues discussed during …

Chicago Board of Ed Turns Deaf Ear to Parents

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This editorial by Becky Malone, the leader of PAA-affiliate 19th Ward Parents, appeared in today’s Chicago Sun-Times: The monthly Chicago Board of Education public meeting is a farce. Every month, for seven months now, our organization, 19th Ward Parents, has attended the meeting to address our concerns regarding an unfunded longer school day and the lack of respect for our teachers and their craft. Under the illusion of inclusion, we have taken off work, found child care for our children, …

School closing protesters take over Chicago board meeting

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By Julie Woestehoff, PAA-Chicago TIME Magazine just named “The Protester” their “Person of the Year,” saying, “In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice complaints; they changed the world.” Today in Chicago, parents and teachers are demonstrating just how that happens. After camping out overnight in frigid rain in front of the Chicago Public Schools central office, people furious about the district’s years of failed, top-down school interventions took over the Board of Education meeting. driving school board members from the room …