Back Issues

Browse our Feb 1990 — Jun 1995 archives. (Available in PDF format only.)

  • The digital divide

    District leaders want schools to integrate more personalized learning technology in the classroom. But many schools lack up-to-date computers, fast internet access and quality teacher training, compounding the tech disparities students face at home.

    Download a PDF of the Spring/Summer 2016 issue.

  • The rise of Noble

    Begun as a mom-and-pop shop in 1999, the Noble Network of Charter Schools has grown into the largest and arguably most successful charter school network in the city. Its expansion has come with growing pains and increased scrutiny of some of its key policies, including discipline and testing.

    Download a PDF of the Winter 2016 issue.

  • 25th Anniversary Issue

    Catalyst founder Linda Lenz began covering Chicago schools in 1978 as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She left in 1989 to create this issues-oriented publication. Here she puts key developments in perspective and talks about what’s changed in the past 25 years.

    Download the Fall 2015 issue in PDF.

  • Sports and Fundraising

    Sports are integral to the typical high school experience, but many schools have to scrape together money to field teams. It’s all part of the race to raise private dollars to provide a well-rounded education.

    Download the Spring 2015 issue in PDF.

  • The new treatment center

    Chicago Reporter Spring 2015

    Spring 2015 | The city’s frayed mental health safety net has contributed to the criminalization of people living with mental illness, especially on the South and West sides. It creates a pipeline to Cook County Jail that runs straight through these predominantly African-American and Latino communities, adding to the disproportionate number of people of color behind bars.

  • After Horner

    Winter 2015 | When the towers at the Near West Side public housing development came down, they were replaced by mixed-income housing. But can the new community at the former Henry Horner Homes overcome barriers of race and class? 

  • College Persistence

    More CPS graduates are enrolling in college than ever before. The district wants to raise college completion for CPS alumni to 60 percent. But money, academics and cultural challenges make for a rocky path to a degree.

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