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With the fall here and students back in classrooms, more than 200 graduates that recently earned their Chicago Public Schools high school diploma through Ombudsman Chicago are embarking on new and exciting beginnings. In just its third year in Chicago, Ombudsman proudly announced that each of its 2016 graduates received an acceptance letter from St.…

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Educators are not raceless, genderless instruments conveying knowledge to raceless, genderless pupils; educators bring their culture, personality and life experiences to the classroom every day, as do their pupils. In fact, the most effective educators incorporate all aspects of their humanity into the academic experience and invite their students to do the same. This type…

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  Established in 1998, Betty Shabazz International Charter School is a network of three African-centered charter schools serving K-12 students residing in Chicago:  Betty Shabazz Academy (grades K-8), Barbara A. Sizemore Academy (grades K-8) and DuSable Leadership Academy (grades 9-12).  Since its inception, Shabazz School has consistently produced exemplary, high achieving students who have a…

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  Renowned Chicago teacher and education activist Marva Collins has died at the age of 78. Collins was a fierce educator and advocate for children who devised what came to be known as “Collins Method” of teaching that focused on phonics, math, reading, English and the classics. Unhappy with the way the schools she taught…

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A welcome tradition is back. The 85th annual Bud Billiken Parade was held this past weekend, and as usual, it didn’t disappoint in providing good entertainment and a great cultural experience. This year’s theme was “Education, the one tool you can never lose.” Great energy was generated as music was blasting and people gathered around to have a…

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More than 20 graduates from the Ombudsman Chicago program were recognized for their academic achievements during a commencement ceremony at Holy Trinity High School. What is Ombudsman Chicago? Chicago Public Schools partnered with Ombudsman Educational Services to open two Chicago-area dropout recovery options school centers during the 2013 school year offering teens a second chance…

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Chicago Public Schools plan to close 50 schools and programs means that it will have to lay off nearly 850 workers. “Given the historic financial crisis facing our District, next year’s budget will not come without painful decisions, which is why we are making tough choices at central office in order to minimize impacts to…

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African American parents and school children in Chicago are being dealt yet another blow in the pursuit of the American dream — namely more impediments to getting a quality education in the City of Broad Shoulders. The Chicago Public School System announced that a list of school actions including closings, consolidations and boundary changes will…

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