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Book Review: There Are No Children Here

What began as an article for the Wall Street Journal expanded into a book. In There Are No Children Here, author Alex Kotlowitz told the tale of two African-American boys growing up in Horner Houses, one of the most dangerous projects in Chicago in the 80s. He illuminated issues like gang violence, drug trade and […]

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Children Growing Up Fast in Chicago

There Are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz, tells the heartbreaking story about two boys growing up in a Chicago housing project in the late 1980s.

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Chicago Charter Schools Added to Schools Closing List

On Wednesday, the Chicago Public Schools district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that six charter schools were added to a school closure “warning list” because of poor performance. The schools must now show progress in performance by September or be forced to “execute a remediation plan” according to reports from the Huffington Post. And according to […]

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There Are No Children Here

Alex Kotlowitz’s There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, captures the life of two young brothers growing up in the projects of a dangerous city in Chicago.  Pharaoh and Lafayette expose the truths about the educational system, social services and the seemingly unbreakable cycle that captures […]

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Choosing Life Over the Street

By the ages of 9 and 11, Pharaoh and Lafeyette Rivers knew they had to walk, not run, at the sound of gunfire. They stayed away from windows when shootings began. They realized that if they were drawn into gangs and violence, they would probably never leave the projects. In There Are No Children Here: […]

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Chicago Public Schools incorporate YouTube videos in lessons

Chicago Public Schools abandon previous restrictions and allow students to access YouTube videos in classrooms. Teachers and administration believe this will enhance lessons and will encourage students to explore other educational content.

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