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Prominent arts and technology leaders to advise on reopening of Dyett High School

September 22, 2015 - 10:23am
Two expert committees focused on technology and the arts will advise on the reopening of Dyett High School — but the community activists who went on a hunger strike in support of the new school won't be among the advisors.

Chicago’s brand of teacher organizing goes viral

September 21, 2015 - 12:31pm
Seattle's recent teacher strike took pages from the Chicago playbook that spelled victory in 2012.

Take 5: PARCC scores, nurse issues, closer union ties

September 17, 2015 - 11:58am
Illinois released preliminary data for students who took a computer-based version of a new state standardized test. CPS revises its spending policy on food from outside vendors and some students go without nurses during their first week back at school.

Activists call for Noble to withdraw proposal

September 14, 2015 - 2:58pm
Community activists continued Monday to put pressure on Noble to withdraw a proposal to open a charter high school on the Southwest Side. At a meeting this weekend, the area's Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) voted against the proposal.

‘Opt-out’ advocates want new stance from state

September 14, 2015 - 9:00am
Parent activists want the state's education board to change its tone on the opt-out movement. While official data has not been released, self-reported data from CPS principals indicate that 9,600 students refused to take the PARCC this spring.

The changing face of CPS teachers

September 11, 2015 - 3:00pm
A diverse teaching force can help overcome the effects of unconscious biases on teacher expectations for students. But over the years, CPS has lost ground in this arena. While Latino teachers have slowly increased their numbers, African American teachers have been disappearing.

Take 5: Contract talks continue, school choice studies, parent involvement

September 10, 2015 - 11:29am
As school resumed this week and teachers returned to work without a contract, Chicago Teachers Union delegates are starting to gauge members’ feelings about the possibility of going on strike based on what’s currently being negotiated. “What will happen is a delegate will have a meeting at school and will ask questions, like how many […]

Summer counseling aimed at getting more high school grads in college

September 8, 2015 - 7:00am
Over the last two summers, CPS has invested in helping pay for summer transition counselors, who help recent graduates navigate the complex process that often precedes enrolling in college. For some veterans, it's a return to a strategy used in the early 2000s when resources for post-secondary work were plentiful.

CPS weighs an end to student retention

September 4, 2015 - 4:04pm
District officials have been meeting with community groups to discuss two proposals: One would completely eliminate retention, the second would severely limit its use. Either change would mean a complete overhaul of a CPS policy that gained national attention nearly two decades ago.

Discipline: From zero tolerance to restorative justice

September 4, 2015 - 3:00pm
Despite a new state law curbing the use suspensions, history suggests a shift to less punitive, more equitable disciplinary practices won't come easily in Chicago Public Schools.

Dyett to reopen as neighborhood arts school

September 3, 2015 - 7:11pm
District officials said they'd reopen Dyett High School as an arts-themed neighborhood high school. But activists on an 18-day hunger strike aren't ready to call it a victory.

Take 5: Dyett protests, child care help, Noble proposal

September 3, 2015 - 11:06am
The Dyett hunger strike takes center stage at two Chicago budget hearings while Mayor Rahm Emanuel offers to pay for part of the child care costs for families impacted by the state's budget impasse.

30 schools win back some special ed staff

August 30, 2015 - 9:57pm
CPS agreed to restore 60 special education positions — 10 teachers and 50 aides — across 30 schools after parents and principals expressed concerns about their proposed staffing levels. But 60 other district-run schools that contested their staffing levels received no adjustments.

Comings and Goings: Bebley, Dhupelia, Kucia, DeNard

August 28, 2015 - 3:43pm
James Bebley and Aarti Dhupelia are leaving CPS Central Office; several of new CEO Forrest Claypool's hires have been officially approved.

Shortage of certified bilingual teachers at root of struggle to serve English learners

August 28, 2015 - 3:00pm
A longstanding shortage of certified bilingual teachers lies at the root of Chicago's long-running struggle to meet the needs of English-language learners.

Rauner’s child care rules could be devastating: parents, providers

August 27, 2015 - 4:26pm
Under emergency child care rules imposed July 1 by Gov. Bruce Rauner, Lenita Edgeworth has a  difficult choice. She can keep her $16,800 a year job and keep receiving day care assistance for her daughter, Ellie. Or she can pursue her goal of returning to social service work and hope and pray she doesn’t get laid off again, as that would likely spell the end of child care help.

Take 5: Budget passes, discipline bill signed, principal independence

August 27, 2015 - 11:00am
CPS passes a $5.7 billion operating budget that has been called a "financially risky, short-sighted proposal," while Gov. Bruce Rauner signs off on a bill that seeks to curb excessive disciplinary practices at schools.

Two School Board members press for resolution of Dyett High controversy

August 26, 2015 - 10:13pm
On the 10th day of a hunger strike led by supporters of reopening Dyett High School, two Board of Education members pressed for a speedy resolution to the ongoing controversy.

A cost effective way to improve teaching

August 26, 2015 - 3:57pm
CPS teacher DeJernet Farder says most professional development activities are no more than random acts of school improvement. To save money and improve teaching, CPS should, for starters, talk with teachers about what they and what their schools need.

Bilingual services audit tackles long-standing problem

August 25, 2015 - 4:01pm
CPS officials are preparing to launch an all-school audit of English-learner services in the fall. A recent state audit of 22 schools provides a preview: Many of the compliance issues facing the district are the same ones that have plagued it for decades: inadequate programming and instructional materials for students learning English.


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