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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:10pm
Mon Sep 26

Oral Arguments On Landmark Clean Power Plan To Be Heard Tuesday

With a U.S. appeals court set to hear oral arguments Tuesday on the Clean Power Plan, Progress Illinois looks at the debate over the landmark climate change regulations and the potential outcomes of the case. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:54pm
Thu Nov 12, 2015

Illinoisans Deliver Nearly 35,000 Petitions Backing Clean Power Plan To Rauner's Office (VIDEO)

Illinoisans in support of the federal Clean Power Plan delivered nearly 35,000 petitions to Gov. Bruce Rauner's office on Thursday, urging him to support the new environmental regulations. Progress Illinois was there for the petition delivery at the Thompson Center.

Quick Hit
by Op-Ed
3:49pm
Wed Oct 21, 2015

Op-Ed: Fruit From A Rotten Tree - The Truth About Barbara Byrd-Bennett & CPS

The following is from Jitu Brown, national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance and one of the Dyett Hunger Strikers.

As a CPS parent and long-time community organizer, I am appalled by the actions of Barbara Byrd-Bennett in stealing from Chicago's children to feather her already robust nest. What is more appalling however, is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's effort to isolate her actions as the corruption of an individual; and our acceptance of such nonsense. Corruption and discriminatory actions that disregard the voices of Black and Brown parents is central to the culture of the school privatization movement. While millions of dollars are pumped into selling the public on "school choice", nationwide corporate education interventions have failed to improve the academic outcomes in Black and Brown communities, while a laundry list of "reformers" have been caught violating the public trust.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:24pm
Mon Sep 21, 2015

Study: Teacher Diversity Lacking In Chicago, Several Other Major U.S. Cities

At a time when minority students comprise over half of the nation's public school students, a new study shows that minority teachers are sorely underrepresented in public elementary and secondary schools in Chicago and several other major U.S. cities.

The Albert Shanker Institute (ASI), a think tank affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), took a comprehensive look at teacher diversity in nine U.S. cities -- Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington.

On average, about 6 in every 10 teachers in these cities are white, while only 1 in every 10 students is white, the study found.

"As a general rule, there is a serious underrepresentation of minority groups in the teacher workforces in each one of these nine cities," ASI's Executive Director Leo Casey said last week during a press conference about the study. "And that underrepresentation is particularly marked for black and Hispanic teachers."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
8:01pm
Fri Oct 31, 2014

Vallas Criticizes Rauner's Position On Charter Schools, Education Issues

Paul Vallas, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, talks with Progress Illinois about important issues at stake in the November gubernatorial election and his priorities for the lieutenant governor's office if elected.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:50pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Report: School Closures, Charter Expansion Causing 'Catastrophic' Harm To U.S. Minority Communities

On the heels of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, which declared state-mandated public school segregation unconstitutional, dozens of grassroots organizations across the country say the push by education "reformers" to close and privatize schools is having a devastating and disproportionate impact on communities of color. Progress Illinois takes a look at a new report on the matter released by Journey for Justice Alliance, a national network of grassroots community groups.