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Social-emotional learning gains traction, but leaves out the neediest schools

June 26, 2016 - 3:00pm
Fro years, schools taught social-emotional learning on a piecemeal basis, but state and district policies have slowly moved to a more systemic approach. But low-income schools, where students could use the most support, have been largely left behind. Holding schools accountable for teaching these skills is tricky.

Take 5: Taking to the streets, LSCs speak out, reform in Mexico

June 22, 2016 - 4:58pm
Educators and community activists held demonstrations across the city and inside City Hall, calling for more school funding. Meanwhile, local school councils push their ideas for raising revenue and controversy over education reform in Mexico turns deadly.

Take 5: Court sides with charters, lead in water, fewer kids in summer school, segregation in NYC, homeless students

June 16, 2016 - 11:34am
Three charter schools can stay open despite the district’s move to shut them down, lead is found in the water at more schools, better reading scores mean fewer students in summer school.

Will Common Core spark improvements in adolescent literacy?

June 14, 2016 - 10:56am
When students don't get higher-level reading skills in their middle and high school years, they often wind up in remedial college courses. The push for Common Core standards may be helping their teachers get better tools to take reading to new heights.

At education summit, calls for more revenue for schools

June 13, 2016 - 2:57pm
Eleven aldermen and one state representative joined about 200 teachers, parents, activists and students at an education summit Saturday calling for progressive revenue solutions to the financial crisis at Chicago Public Schools.

Take 5: Persistent racial disparities, good news on grad rates, Hyman leaving, nonprofit colleges

June 9, 2016 - 10:45am
New federal data show continued educational disparities for black and Latino students, neighborhood high schools are driving higher graduation rates, Hyman plans to leave City Colleges, the state budget battle rages on and private, nonprofit colleges have poor outcomes for students.

Dozens of principals quitting CPS, even from “plum schools”

June 7, 2016 - 4:51pm
Chicago Public Schools officials say 54 principals have resigned or quit so far this school year, the highest number in the past five years. The number could go higher, given the threat of even more drastic budget cuts and what principals say is a lack of support from the district.

Can history repeat itself and spark a parent revolution?

May 31, 2016 - 12:18pm
Local school councils brought together parents across geography, race and class. But since they were created, parent organizing has been more fragmented. The current fiscal crisis could create a similar united front.

Take 5: Closing alternative schools, lead testing, more summer jobs, budget news

May 26, 2016 - 12:59pm
Two struggling alternative schools are on the chopping block, CPS decides to test all schools for lead, One Summer Chicago gets thousands more jobs for youth, and the latest on school funding reform and Dunbar’s construction trades program.

50 more schools get privatized building engineers

May 25, 2016 - 3:59pm
The Chicago School Board voted to privatize building engineers in almost 50 more schools, giving more control over school maintenance to two companies that principals have widely criticized for two years.

Charter school shutdowns loom under planned $700 million budget cuts

May 23, 2016 - 11:37am
Up to two dozen charter schools could shut down under budget cuts CPS recently released, sending up to 15,000 students in search of new schools. Charter advocates are working on proposals to reform state education funding.

LaRaviere wins presidency of principals’ group–and a bigger platform to criticize the mayor

May 19, 2016 - 5:00pm
Troy LaRaviere will become the head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, a group that has flown under the radar until recently. LaRaviere vows to make sure that the voices of all principals are heard--even those who don't agree with his sharp public critiques of the mayor.

Take 5: Marching against gentrification, Pell grants for dual enrollment, being black at elite high schools, principals’ group election

May 19, 2016 - 11:10am
Hundreds marched against gentrification in Logan Square, a pilot program offers Pell grants for some high schoolers, black students speak up about racism at elite high schools and the election between Troy LaRaviere and Kenneth Hunter ends today.

With no budget relief from Springfield, schools face massive cuts, layoffs

May 17, 2016 - 7:50pm
District officials are now planning cuts of up to 39 percent in per-pupil money given to schools, a loss of about $700 million. A small group of principals was told to prepare for average cuts of 26 percent overall, when other funding streams like grants are taken into account.

Child-parent centers boast strong results for kids, investors

May 16, 2016 - 3:03pm
A preschool expansion program paid for with a private 'social impact bond' has already garnered good results for investors—but also for the mostly low-income children who attend the child-parent centers.

Investors earn max initial payment from Chicago’s ‘social impact bond’

May 16, 2016 - 3:02pm
Private investors will get a half-million dollar payment because of the kindergarten readiness scores from the first cohort of a preschool expansion project they funded. Evaluators won’t calculate special education ‘savings’ until next year.

Will new standards spark a renaissance in science education?

May 16, 2016 - 10:13am
CPS has new science standards, but schools need the basics: training for teachers, engaging curricula and ideally, dedicated science labs. Meanwhile, the district has until May 27 to give this year's science test--which CPS skipped last year.

Take 5: LaRaviere update, charter money questions, New York high schools, New Orleans and local control

May 12, 2016 - 12:58pm
Troy LaRaviere explains more on his dismissal, how Concept Charter got money despite a federal investigation, New Orleans gets back local control—or not, and why New York’s enrollment system hasn’t given low-income students more access to better high schools.

Illinois fiscal crisis threatens progress in college-going for students of color

May 11, 2016 - 1:45pm
A stopgap higher education funding bill will help Illinois colleges and universities stay afloat for now. But experts worry about the long-term impact on college-going rates for low-income students and students of color.

Take 5: No May strike, migrant children, achievement gap analysis, summer jobs

May 5, 2016 - 12:38pm
The Chicago Teachers Union isn’t planning to strike in May and proposes $500 million in new revenue. Plus, migrant children are often illegally denied a public education, how race overshadows income in the achievement gap, and a call for $40 million for summer jobs.

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