Chicago high school debaters take on the ‘most important things in the world’

By Emily Olsen It’s late on a Friday evening, but the cafeteria at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is packed, filled with students chatting, eating pizza and prepping for their first debate tournament of the season. “I was nervous for the first bit, but I think it was actually a really great experience […]

Teacher recruitment aims to diversify ranks, reflect communities, boost pupil outcomes

By Emily Olsen David Gregg has been working at Nicholas Senn High School for more than a decade, watching the “very diverse” school transform from academically struggling to a well-regarded neighborhood high school. The Edgewater school is filled with students from all over the world, around 65 different nationalities, including large populations of African-American and Hispanic […]

Parent, community groups back teachers strike, call for end to financial ‘chaos’

By Meredith Francis and Emily Olsen If Chicago teachers walk, some parents will be right behind them. More than 50 parent and neighborhood organizations threw their support behind the Chicago Teachers Union Tuesday during a City Hall rally as the city prepares for a possible strike next week. “I really feel like this is necessary because […]