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CPS shuffles local chiefs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools recently released a list of its new school networks. The list shows a decrease in the number of network areas and a shuffling of network area chiefs in each neighborhood, including Hyde Park. Area networks have been pared down from 19 offices to 13 offices that(…)

Co-op ends Newberry stint

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Seminary Co-op Bookstore recently ended its relationship with the Newberry Library. For 15 years the Co-op has managed the library’s downtown bookstore, 60 W. Walton St., but as of Nov. 1, Newberry took over management. “In talking with them about our future it made the most sense for the(…)

SSA under committee review

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council Committee on Finance will hear arguments for and against creating a Special Service Area (SSA) on 53rd Street. The Finance committee will have a public meeting to discuss the creation of SSA 61, which would levy an additional property tax, along the 53rd Street business corridor and(…)

Big week for Harper Court

Big week for Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Office tenants will begin moving into Harper Court this week, just ahead of the project’s grand opening. Administrative personnel from the information technology services, alumni relations and facilities services departments will all begin moving into the office tower, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Nov. 7. The moves should be complete(…)

Teacher reaches out to Hyde Park for new program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Educator Lauren Beitler held a meeting for Hyde Park parents Tuesday night to survey interest in the start of a school that emphasizes a democratic process. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, was a middle school teacher at several schools on(…)

Scary rumors trafficking in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some Hyde Parkers heard quite a scary story this Halloween. Rumors started flying that the University of Chicago and the South East Chicago Commission were planning to block all vehicular traffic from 53rd Street. The SECC’s 53rd Street Twitter feed, @HydePark53, tweeted Thursday afternoon “How would you feel if east(…)

World Sport aids CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a new partnership with World Sport Chicago (WSC) to promote participation in its 30+20+10 pilot physical education program. CPS implemented the 30+20+10 program to improve the health and wellness of Chicago’s students. It is a part of the city’s faceted public health agenda Healthy(…)

U. of C. receives $10M gift to improve public schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) received a $10 million gift to help it continue its work in enhancing the state of urban schools in Chicago and nationwide. Chicago philanthropists Paula and James Crown committed the large monetary gift to the program to support UEI’s student achievement,(…)