SPRINGFIELD – When Chicago catches a cold, the Illinois General Assembly coughs.
The state legislature has been hacking like a two-pack-a-day smoker over school actions in the Chicago Public Schools—closings, phase-outs, changes in attendance boundaries and other moves that critics say are disruptive for students and the surrounding neighborhoods.
SPRINGFIELD – Hundreds of charter school students set the state Capitol abuzz Wednesday with a boisterous rally to show off their achievements and extol the virtues of charter schools. They were almost all from Chicago, almost all African American or Latino, almost all brimming with pride in themselves and their schools. They wore their confidence, and carried placards, conspicuously for all to see: “Charter Schools ARE Public Schools!”