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Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s local school council announced that it is joining Murray Elementary, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and other schools across the nation that are seeking to put an end to high stakes testing. At its March meeting, the local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S.(…)

St. Sabina’s Father Pfleger to speak at St. Thomas

Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the Faith Community at St. Sabina Church, will be the guest speaker at St. Thomas the Apostle Church’s 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council received notice from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Wednesday that the contract of its estranged principal, Tatia Beckwith, has been terminated. After almost a year in leadership limbo, the council is now eligible to begin its search for a new principal. The local(…)

Bid to build Obama library begins

The Barack Obama Foundation released a request for qualifications for the planned Obama presidential library Thursday afternoon. The document asks institutions across the country seeking to host the president’s library how their proposal will satisfy the library’s “guiding principles.” An Obama library is being pursued by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of(…)

Hyde Park man charged with murder

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with murder for his involvement in a homicide on the 3700 block of South Princeton Avenue in February. Courtney Ealy, 19, of the 300 block of East 60th St., was charged with one felony count of First Degree Murder on Tuesday, March 18 after(…)

Local school council elections less than two weeks away

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Now that the Illinois Primary Election has come to a close parents and community members are gearing up to campaign for spots on local school councils in Chicago Public Schools. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff representative, two representatives(…)

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue have begun to come down. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Peter Cassel, Antheus spokesman, told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory Council last(…)

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Friends of Miriam G. Canter donated more than $5,200 toward Canter Middle School’s class trip to Washington, D.C. The donation will allow two more students to participate and lowered the cost for those going, according to the school’s principal. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of The Friends of(…)