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Schools are the foundations of communities

Schools are the foundations of communities

By TIMUEL D. BLACK Recently, I had the honor of receiving Chicago’s inaugural “Champion of Freedom” award in recognition of social justice and civil rights activism. In presenting the award, Mayor Emanuel discussed his personal commitment to social justice and quality education for all. As grateful as I was to receive this honor, I am(…)

Ray gets new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the schools monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Before coming to Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Hill was the principal at Pershing East Elementary School, 3113 S.(…)

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered Monday at the first of two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S.(…)

Reconsidering Canter closure

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) Editor’s note: This column was originally published on the Herald website. I share the concern voiced by many in the community about the Chicago Board of Education’s preliminary decision to close Canter Middle School. In terms of becoming the first choice for area middle-schoolers, Canter did not completely(…)

Canter deserves another look

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) As a lifelong Hyde Park resident and parent, I am keenly concerned by the decision to close Canter Middle School, the product of a community vision for our neighborhood’s middle school students. It is not my place as a state legislator to micromanage the affairs of any school district,(…)

Review “Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theater Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 14 Tickets: $32-$42 Phone: 773-281-8463 ext. 6 The exoticism and eroticism of the Far East as seen through the lens of the West, and the boorish misbehavior of Westerners who have no real understanding of the East are two tropes at the center(…)

Review “Othello: The Remix”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 15 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 312-595-5600 By Anne Spiselman Theater Critic Even if you find the idea of hip-hop Shakespeare bizarre, you have to hand it to the Chicago-bred Q Brothers — known as GQ and JQ — for the audacity(…)

Hyde Parkers too dependent on autos

To the Editor: Hyde Park led the way on recycling in the seventies, so why can’t we lead the way building homes for people without cars? My wife and I are a young couple wanting to start a family in Hyde Park. It would be nice to have other young families move to 53rd Street.(…)