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Students in Tennessee and Chicago won’t have to wait for President Obama’s College Promise proposal for free community college to pass. The Chicago Star Scholarships and the Tennessee Promise program, both of which offer a serious financial break for college students, will kick off this fall, giving qualified applicants a chance to progress without the economic stress.

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Why We Need Schools To Uplift Their Communities Now More Than Ever

At this point, it's not enough to just say "no" to reforms. We also need to have alternative solutions for our children.


As Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."

That's why on Wednesday, when Chicago Public Schools decided to shut down 50 public schools, along with either combining or putting others in a turnaround model, even the casual observer could see the absolute failure of our current public education system and its wayward reforms.

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What's Wrong With Chicago's School Closings? Watch This 9-Year-Old Break it Down

When it comes to school closings, Asean Johnson, a 9-year-old third grader at Marcus Garvey Elementary isn't buying what Rahm Emanuel's selling.

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The Chicago Board of Education gave the green light on Wednesday to closing 50 public schools, the largest mass school closing in United States history. The decision to close these Chicago schools means that nearly 46,000 predominantly black and low-income kids will be displaced from their neighborhood schools.

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Pedal Pushers: Chicago to Become Bike Commuters' Fantasy Land

Rahm Emanuel says by year's end, his town will have 33 miles of protected bike lanes, making it the bike friendliest city in the states.

Copenhagen leads the way internationally as a cyclists' wonderland with its growing network of dedicated paths and "bike super highway," but the Windy City just announced big plans to outdo the biking infrastructure of local competitors like Minneapolis or Portland.

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Beyond the Food Desert Mirage

The link between food deserts and health is far from absolute, so maybe it's time to focus on the bottom line: more affordable food.

Rahm Emanuel has made eradicating "food deserts" a priority of his mayoral reign. He recently met with grocers in Chicago to discuss bringing affordable, nutritious food to under-served, low-income neighborhoods. That food access may come in the form of Walmarts, Walgreens, and Aldis.

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Rahm's Not a Resident, Says Illinois Appellate Court

Turns out, moving to Washington D.C. for over a year doesn't a Chicago resident make.


An Illinois appellate court ruled Monday that Chicago mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel does not meet state municipal residency requirements for mayor. Emanuel, who served the Obama administration in Washington, D.C., from early 2009 until October (when Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he would not run for yet another re-election) was ruled against for not having "resided in" Chicago during the year preceding the upcoming election February 22.

This decision overturns the Chicago Board of Elections' unanimous decision in December approving his candidacy. The Board of Elections quickly placed an order today for 2 million Emanuel-free ballots. Emanuel's campaign has requested a stay on the appellate court's ruling with the Illinois Supreme court and has further requested that his name remain on ballot. Should Emanuel, who was congressional representative for Chicago's northside for six years, be penalized for his time at the White House? Jury's still out, but for now, opponents of Emanuel (and his plan for Chicago's public education) are looking at a much friendlier ballot for the start of early voting, January 31.

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