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Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Attendance and grade point average are the best indicators of whether middle school students will do well in high school and not standardized test scores, according to a report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). In the report, “Looking forward to High School and(…)

All history begins in the local

All history begins in the local

Editor’s note: University of Chicago historian Neil Harris, who has for many years made local history a special part of his work, was acknowledged last Saturday by the Hyde Park Historical Society for his dedication to Hyde Park and its past. These are a slightly edited version of his remarks. By NEIL HARRIS It is(…)

Elected board, dance in the news

Elected board, dance in the news

Overwhelming support for an elected school board in the 4th and 5th wards Voters in the 4th and 5th Wards voted in large number in favor of an elected school board. No legislative action has to be taken on the nonbinding referendum, which was presented on the ballot in 37 wards, but it is a(…)

Shoreline plans

Shoreline plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A plan by the Chicago Park District would add seven acres of land to Burnham Park, raise the shoreline several feet and add places for viewing the Morgan Shoal. The Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers will soon finalize a plan to perform revetment work in Burnham Park(…)

Hyde Park’s harried election

Hyde Park’s harried election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most candidates are now done campaigning for this year’s election and like many of their signs, which just a few days ago sat perched at storefronts and atop piles of snow, have disappeared from public sight. Yet despite incumbent Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston’s decisive victories in the 4th(…)

Part Twelve: Remarkable Gifts: Fernwood Villa

Part Twelve: Remarkable Gifts: Fernwood Villa

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The spring of 1901 found the grounds of Fernwood Villa chilly and damp — warmth was slow to come after another of Chicago’s cold winters. Although daylight lengthens by May, the month is notorious as the winds often shift off the lake and temperatures suddenly fall. Yet Maria Scammon was content,(…)

Stunning voices in uneven “Tannhäuser”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through March 6 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” pits profane and sacred love against each other in battle for the title character’s soul. Lyric Opera of Chicago now offers the opera in a production new to Chicago, the first time it has(…)

Review: “Samsara”

VERY SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through March 8 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for the world premiere of “Samsara” at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, playwright Lauren Yee describes herself as someone “who starts the writing process without(…)