barbara byrd bennett

Chicago Public Schools' ethics watchdog recently released its annual report on investigations within CPS, focusing on issues like families lying to get their children into selective-enrollment schools.
In October, Emanuel had seen his former schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, plead guilty to corruption charges in one of the most brazen bribery schemes in state history. The McDonald controversy brought demands for his resignation that continue today.
If you live in Illinois you know there's no shortage of fodder for "fails" in our state over the year. We've chosen 10 to highlight and recap from the year that was.
Chicago taxpayers undoubtedly slept better this week after being reassured by former Board of Education President David Vitale that they got their money's worth from the now-infamous $20.5 million, no-bid contract between CPS and SUPES Academy.
The former leader could face over seven years in jail.
When Gale wrote the movie, there was no Major League Baseball team in Miami, or anywhere in Florida for that matter. So making
Social studies teachers at Chicago's Darwin Elementary School probably had a blast last month preparing their seventh and eighth-grade students for the state-mandated constitution test. Let's face it. In this town, test prep material practically writes itself.
A tenacious journalist does some digging and uncovers highly suspect -- perhaps criminal -- conduct by a top CPS/Chicago Board of Education official.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Byrd-Bennett in October 2012, after the first teachers' strike in 25 years. The contract with
Federal authorities are investigating whether Chicago Public Schools improperly awarded a contract to a training academy
This announcement comes one day after the puppets, I mean the handpicked school board by Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed to fire
We teachers teach, because we love the kids we work with. Yes, we may complain about the kids at times, but they are the reason we stay late, bring work home, and get up early.
Facing the threat of termination, more than 40 teachers at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Chicago have organized an act of civil disobedience against the standardized testing madness. These brave teachers are taking a stand for their students, and the IFT stands with them.
What's happening in Chicago schools -- and in many other places across the country -- is not about putting students first. It's agendas first. Ideology first. Test scores first. Efficiency first.
When rhetoric comes from our CEO, mayor, or anyone high up in CPS about the Teachers Union wanting to keep kids trapped in the status quo, remember that the union is run by 40,000 people who work with students and have committed our professional lives to improving the opportunities for our students.
If the goal is truly to fix public education in Chicago, would there be a need for marketing lessons for CPS bureaucrats? If during moments of honesty, managers talk about "blowing up" and "dismantling" a district, having a detailed script may be necessary.
"That is an affront to me as a woman of color and it is an affront to every parent in our community who demands a better
Apparently the Board of Education understands that moving students out of their home schools causes much pain and suffering, which is only acceptable for other people's children.
How much longer can I go on letting my students in Englewood be treated as second-class citizens by a school system that says it cares about them?
According to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis, only two-thirds of the schools CPS intends to close will be sending their students