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Ray teacher gets school supplies award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chandra Garcia, 6th grade teacher at Ray Elementary School, won an award from Chicago Public Schools and Office Max for being one of CPS’s outstanding teachers. Garcia was one of 100 teachers to receive the honor. She received a new desk chair and $1,000 worth of supplies for her(…)

Little Black Pearl expanding scope of youth served

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl was recently approved by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to offer alternative education to post secondary students through its new alternative school program. In the 2013-2014 school year Options Laboratory Alternative High School, the school that is currently in place at Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th(…)

SECC reflects on ’12

SECC reflects on ’12

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission had a productive year, said Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams. The SECC in the previous year focused on the Violent Crime Prevention Initiative. The VPCI used grant funding to create a safety task force to work with the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, or CAPS program.(…)

Columnist visits Hyde Park

Columnist visits Hyde Park

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, author of the 2012 book, “You Were Never in Chicago” gave a talk to a small audience in the basement of Blackstone Library, 4949 S. Lake Park Ave., last Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., as part of the Friends of Blackstone Branch(…)

CPS’s new track

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer All schools in Hyde Park and citywide will be on the same calendar track in the 2013-2014 school year. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved the one-track school system at its January board meeting. All schools were on a Track R regular school calendar where school started in August and(…)

HPAC artist master of surprising

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Aliyah, a junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), lifted her foam horse from a piece of newspaper on the studio floor. An imperfection in the mold she had used left a large, saucer-shaped blob on its head, and she warned that she “hadn’t done it right.”(…)

Teachers helping at Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon recently announced the expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s homework help program “Teacher in the Library.” The “Teacher in the Library” after-school homework program has been a part of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) for 12 years. The current program is(…)

Local pols join jobless youth talk

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will join state and local legislative, educational, civic and community leaders for a hearing on youth joblessness. A diverse group of youth will testify on their experiences and the opportunities that employment and education provide. Additionally, education and youth advocacy(…)