Photo credit: mediamatters.org

Will I Have a Job Next Year? #TheClockIsTicking

It’s late June and school has been out for two weeks. I should be enjoying my summer, vacationing, resting, and preparing for fall enrollments. Instead, I’m spending the days concerned if I’ll have a job in 2 months. I work at a charter school in Chicago, in the special service department, working with children with various […]

Read More…
Photo credit: politcususa.com

Gov. Rauner, Don’t Call Yourself a Charter School Supporter Until You Fund Our Schools

The war between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the state’s General Assembly has claimed its first charter casualty: Chicago’s Galapagos Charter School. More than likely, more will follow. That’s because charter schools are public schools, and in Illinois, that means they too are subject to our inadequate, unfair school funding formula and our record-setting budget stalemate. If […]

Read More…
raunercartoon

When Enough is Enough: The Political Circus in Illinois

I hate to write articles complaining about the issues because I’m usually a solutions-oriented person but sometimes, the occasion calls for a little griping.  So, here it goes.  I was scrolling through Facebook today and came across an article written in the Chicago Sun-Times titled, “Gov. Rauner Says Some CPS Schools Almost Like “Crumbling Prisons”. […]

Read More…

#Budget4IL Twitter Chat: Recap

On May 17, 2016 a group of concerned citizens discussed the Illinois budget (or lack thereof) under the #Budget4IL hashtag on Twitter. To view the entire thread, follow us at @ChicagoUnheard. [View the story “#Budget4IL Twitter Chat: Recap” on Storify]

Read More…
Photo credit: abc7chicago.com

Home-schooled 16-year-old Illinois Girl to Enter PH.D. Program

In addition to celebrating her “Sweet 16”, 16-year-old Thessalonika Arzu-Embry will start a PH.D. program in aviation psychology this Fall. The scholar was home-schooled by her family in Great Lakes Naval Station, in North Chicago, and began her college career at the age of 11. “I feel honored for the opportunity to help others at an […]

Read More…
bruce-rauner-karen-lewis_1461210027112_1202207_ver1.0

Turns Out Karen Lewis and Bruce Rauner Have a Lot in Common

Yesterday at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis equated Governor Bruce Rauner with Islamic State terrorists. She suggested that his behavior is equivalent to “acts of terror on poor and working-class people.” That’s a very harsh comment. Even if it is being directed at a governor who seems content […]

Read More…
50289-Dear-Santa

Four Things Parents Want From Santa

When I was in the early grades in my Chicago Public School on the west side, this was the time of year that we wrote letters to Santa. By third grade, I was pretty sure that Santa wasn’t real (or at least that my neighborhood wasn’t on his route), but there was something comforting about […]

Read More…