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Let CPS counselors do their jobs

BY KRISTY BROOKS: After eight years as a CPS counselor, this dilemma breaks my heart each day: How do I choose between working with students with great social-emotional needs, or handling the crush of special education meetings and paperwork? It’s an impossible choice. Both are essential.

Build better teachers

For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 “Nation at Risk” report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled since the 1970s. The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on …

Ignoring due process unfair to college students

Long ago and far away, a woman we hardly knew presented herself bruised and weeping on our doorstep one night. She told a vivid tale of woe. An old friend of our family she’d been dating had supposedly beaten her and thrown her down the …

A former Cook County prosecutor urges drug legalization

BY INGE FRYKLUND: I helped set up the Night Bond Court, and several observations stuck with me. Many arrests were drug-related. We also had a lot of repeat customers, people arrested over and over for minor drug offenses. The weight of the criminal law was coming down most heavily on a vulnerable inner city population.

Build on Gaza ceasefire

BY ALAN ELSNER: The war between Israel and Gaza may have ended but Israelis, Palestinians and the international community should not be satisfied with a ceasefire and a return to “business as usual.” We need use this agreement to create a framework for a truly better future for the residents of Gaza and use that achievement as a building block for a new effort to negotiate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two state solution.

11 ways fend off cyber attacks

BY LISA MADIGAN: Given the growing number of cyber hacks and security breaches, people question whether they can really do anything to secure their personal and financial information. The truth is you can do a lot.

Blowing smoke on corporate taxes

BY RICHARD C. LONGWORTH: American corporate leaders love to complain about the nation’s high corporate tax rate, one of the highest in the world. This rate, they say, is stifling business investment and encouraging U.S. corporations to move their headquarters to other countries. It sounds logical. But it may not be true.

The myth of a GOP ‘Southern strategy’

While chatting with Brian Lamb on C-SPAN over the weekend, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-New York, dropped a few falsehoods as casually as cigar ash. His assertion — that the Republican and Democratic parties “changed sides” in the 1960s on civil rights, with white racists …

  • CPS graduation rate jumps 4% to record high

    BY RAHM EMANUEL AND BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT: The latest evidence of CPS progress is a record high school graduation rate of 69.4 percent for the last school year, a 4 percent increase from just a year ago. Three years ago, the graduation rate was only 58.3 percent. Even more significant, research by the University of Chicago has projected that more than 80 percent of last year’s high school freshmen are on track to graduate.

  • Protect pregnant mothers in the workplace

    BY GOV. PAT QUINN: On Tuesday, I will sign a bill to ensure all working pregnant women in Illinois are guaranteed a supportive work environment without having to worry about their babies’ safety. There is no room in the workplace for any kind of discrimination, especially against our expectant mothers.

  • NFL players reveal nation’s poor treatment of chronic pain

    BY DR. LYNN WEBSTER: Precious little is said aloud about the kind of chronic and debilitating pain that afflicts the likes of former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne. They are not alone.

  • Wind turbines don’t make people sick

    BY LINDSAY ABRAMS: Turbines kill birds, make noise and, according to some, are a blight on the landscape. But compared to all that, they’re a much lesser evil — and attempts to turn them into more, so far, are failing to stop the growth of Big Wind.

    NFL players reveal nation’s poor treatment of chronic pain

    BY DR. LYNN WEBSTER: Precious little is said aloud about the kind of chronic and debilitating pain that afflicts the likes of former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne. They are not alone.

    Media won’t wait until 2016 to lie about Hillary

    I once knew a curmudgeonly physician whose wife practiced family therapy. In her off hours, she often counseled a small army of girlfriends through romantic entanglements. One evening at dinner, the grumpy doctor decided he’d heard enough secondhand tales of woe. ”Look,” he said. “I …

    Timid Obama waits for ‘history’ to vanquish foes

    Bad actors around the globe keep getting confused about the calendar, and it falls to the Obama administration to set them straight. The Russians, Secretary of State John Kerry protested back in March, have forgotten what century we’re living in: “You just don’t in the …

    Israel seeks only to survive

    BY U.S. REP. RANDY HULTGREN: On a trip to Israel, the congressman from Illinois is reminded just how vital American support remains.

    How air conditioning remade America

    BY HENRY GRABAR: Because of air conditioning, Americans are more likely to eat, watch and do the same stuff across the country.