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Teachers want CPS to “Let Them Teach”

March 17, 2014

Angry parents, teachers and Chicago Teacher's Union members gathered March 10 outside the Teacher's Academy of Math and Science, 501 W. 35th St., to boycott the Illinois Standard Achievement Test and ...

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Story Week embraces diverse narratives

March 10, 2014

Columbia is starting a new chapter with its 18th installment of the Story Week Festival of Writers, an annual citywide event that highlights emerging and established writers. This year’s theme is DiverCity: Urban Stories. The free festival, which will take place around the city f...

Lunar New Year

February 24, 2014

The Asian Student Organization and Asian American Cultural Affairs celebrated the Year of the Horse during their Lunar New Year celebration Feb. 18 at Multicultural Affairs, 618 S. Michigan Ave. The cel...

Featured artist leads MoCP retrospective

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

December 3, 2012

Sifting through thousands of works of art might sound like an impossible task, but not for local contemporary artist Jan Tichy, who curated the latest exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Building.Tichy visited MoCP Nov. 28 to talk with students and faculty about his role in “1971:1-2012:21,” which highlights 250 to 300 of the MoCP’s 12,000-item collection that has been accrued over th...

Hold elections for Chicago school board

By Editorial Board

November 19, 2012

On Election Day, voters in 327 Chicago precincts were asked if they wanted an elected Board of Education for Chicago Public Schools, rather than one appointed by the mayor. The referendum garnered the support of more than 86 percent of the 76,000 people who voted on the issue.Despite being the largest school district in the state and the third largest district in the nation, CPS is the only public school system in Illinois t...

Obesity necessitates health initiatives for Illinois schools

By Kyle Rich

November 12, 2012

In grade school, students are now taught more than just the standard reading, writing and arithmetic. Thanks to federal wellness programs, students are also learning how to be healthy.Chicago Public Schools recently updated its Local School Wellness Policy and will join other urban school districts this year in revisiting these policies overall, as outlined in an Oct. 24 press release.CPS will receive $4.4 million from the...

Keep encouraging parent involvement in education

By Editorial Board

November 12, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Oct. 30 that 70 Chicago public schools have teamed up with Walgreens to give cards worth $25 of store credit to parents who pick up their children’s report card and participate in parent-teacher conferences.The participating schools have had problems maintaining parental involvement, according to an Oct. 30 press release from the mayor’s office.Some headlines are calling the program bribe...

Judy Biggert campaign update, 11th District

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 6, 2012

With polling places having closed at 7 p.m. CST, the 11th district congressional race between Democrat Bill Foster and Republican Judy Biggert is predicted by some to be the closest congressional race in Illinois.The 11th district has been remapped in 2010 to include DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendal counties. After the remapping, the district, which now includes Aurora and Joliet, is rumored to favor Foster.Biggert is battli...

‘Flight’ soars on strength of character

By Sam Flancher

October 29, 2012

After a hiatus from live-action filmmaking, Robert Zemeckis, acclaimed director of “Forrest Gump,” has returned with “Flight.” An engrossing, often thrilling portrait of a conflicted hero, “Flight” is proof of Zemeckis’ maturity asa filmmaker.The film chronicles the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), an airline pilot who saves hundreds of lives by executing a miraculous crash landing. A toxicology repo...

Obama in Chicago to vote

By James Foster

October 27, 2012

President Barack Obama flew into Chicago Thursday afternoon to vote at this home polling station. The Obama campaign is focusing major efforts on getting people to the polls early this election cycle. Early voting in Illinois started October 22 and will continue until Nov. 3 at locations throughout the city.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/ob...

Why not comics?

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

October 22, 2012

I used to catch all kinds of grief for my love of reading, especially when it came to comic books, which were associated with the once-shameful state of nerd-dom that my bookishness reflected. So when a Publishers Weekly article reported that Diamond Comic Distributors saw comic book sales this year jump 19.9 percent and graphic novel sales increase 16.9 percent, I felt a sense of validation.This literary form and the stores that serve...

New program gives CPS grads advantage in job market

By Contributing Writer

October 15, 2012

by Elizabeth Earl, Contributing WriterGraduates of Chicago Public Schools may have an advantage in finding city jobs, thanks to a new initiative proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The plan, introduced on Sept. 29, would offer what city officials called a “leg up” to CPS graduates by requiring that they make up 20 percent of applicant pools for city jobs. According to mayoral spokeswoman Caroline Weisser, this is good news ...

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