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Chicago Public Schools Fri Dec 02 2011

Oppenheimer Grants for CPS Teachers

At a time of great unrest and pissed-off parents with proposed CPS closures, phase-outs and turnarounds (or, as CPS phrases it, giving students "access to higher quality school options"), there's a bit of positive news: The Oppenheimer Family Foundation recently awarded more than $140,000 in grants to 256 primary and secondary Chicago Public Schools teachers. These grants are awarded to fund "innovative, experienced-based learning projects" and are estimated to impact 20,000 CPS students.

On December 1, at the 36th annual Teacher Incentive Grant awards program, the following schools, representing 116 interdisciplinary programs, were awarded grants of up to $2,000 each: 2012 awards list.

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Jim Aull / December 3, 2011 5:52 PM

Congratulations to all the teachers who received grants. The Foundation provides important resources for CPS teachers.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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