Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Elementary School local school council has released a resolution showing its support of a national campaign that is seeking to put an end to the way standardized tests are used. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., adopted the resolution from Time Out From Testing (TOFT), a national campaign(…)

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl shed its alternative high school partnership with Youth Connections Charter School and opened a public high school through Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The school is hosting an open house Wednesday. Little Black Pearl, an art and design center for youth, 1060 E. 47th St., launched The(…)

Lucas, Hobson donate $25M to Lab Schools

George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars,” and his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, have pledged $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for an Arts Hall, the university is reporting. “This generous grant will amplify the role of the arts within the core of the distinctive education offered by the Laboratory Schools, and(…)

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) began formally investigating the University of Chicago after a student’s complaint it mishandled her sexual assault case and violated her Title IX rights. Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act prohibits sex-based discrimination in all education(…)

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “My opponent’s getting a little more vocal lately and doing a lot of talking,” state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) told an audience of almost 40 at a canvassing event last Saturday at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. “This race is about more than just rhetoric. This race is(…)

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer More than one year after opening its doors, coffee shop Sip and Savor is seeking investment capital directly from members of the community. Entrepreneur Trez V. Pugh III is asking individual investors for a total $25,000 in loans by March 1 via website LendSquare. The funds will be paid back(…)

Public theologian to discuss carbon tax at First Unitarian

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A public theologian will discuss carbon taxes this weekend at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicagoland-based Rev. Terry Gallagher, a minister in the United Church of Christ and former engineer and chemical plant manager, will present the talk at 11:30 a.m. this Sunday, February 23, entitled “Climate Change(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel hosts weekend of talks on the Jewish family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of discussion regarding the history and future of the Jewish family structure. After Shabbat service, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 28, Jonathan Boyarin will present “The Jewish Family in History.” Boyarin is the author of “The Jewish(…)