‘Once a Grizzly, Always a Grizzly’: Outgoing Principal Tim Devine Reflects on 9-Year Tenure

When Principal Tim Devine announced on February 11 that he would be leaving Payton at the end of this school year, citing a desire to return to teaching, few could have expected that the coronavirus pandemic would upend nearly every facet of daily life in the coming months. Continue reading ‘Once a Grizzly, Always a Grizzly’: Outgoing Principal Tim Devine Reflects on 9-Year Tenure

AT LAST!: Chicago Breathes Sigh of Relief As Teacher Strike Ends (Column)

Two Wednesdays ago, few in this city would have imagined that by the time students returned to school there would be snow on the ground. Yet here Lightfoot was at City Hall, early on Halloween afternoon, saying the strike was finally over as snow fell faster and faster outside. Continue reading AT LAST!: Chicago Breathes Sigh of Relief As Teacher Strike Ends (Column)

Legal Analysis: No Regionals for CPS Cross-Country Athletes After 11th-Hour Lawsuit Fails

CPS cross-country runners (including Payton’s) won’t be allowed to compete in the IHSA Regional competitions tomorrow after a judge rejected a request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) allowing them to compete while the CTU strike continues. “I greatly respect Judge Reilly’s (and the IHSA’s) desire for caution in order to protect student safety,” Will Foster writes. “Nevertheless, I am at least a bit skeptical of the ruling for the reasons heretofore stated. In particular, some of the factual assumptions upon which the equitable balancing rests seem dubious.” Continue reading Legal Analysis: No Regionals for CPS Cross-Country Athletes After 11th-Hour Lawsuit Fails

Legal Analysis: Jones Parents Seek Injunction Allowing CPS Cross Country Teams to Compete in Regionals

Chicago attorney Kevin A. Sterling has filed a Complaint and Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in Cook County Circuit Court, requesting injunctive relief allowing CPS student-athletes to participate in Saturday’s IHSA Regional Cross-Country Meet despite the ongoing teacher strike. Continue reading Legal Analysis: Jones Parents Seek Injunction Allowing CPS Cross Country Teams to Compete in Regionals