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Independent reporting on urban education since 1990 2016-10-17T16:08:40Z
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Just 1 percent of Cook County foster children get special advocates

October 17, 2016 - 11:08am
Of thousands of abuse and neglect cases in the child welfare system, few get much-needed adult support from the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, known as CASA.

‘Decimated’ services for traumatized Chicago students to get federal funding

October 11, 2016 - 10:15am
A new $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support more mental health services at 10 high schools on the South and West sides of the city, where students are at high risk of exposure to violence.

Undocumented students benefit most from free City Colleges program

September 28, 2016 - 10:45am
In its first year, the Chicago Star Scholarship was most helpful to public school students who didn’t qualify for federal financial aid.

Racial disparities worsen as juvenile imprisonment declines in Illinois

September 21, 2016 - 4:53pm
Over the past decade, Illinois has incarcerated fewer young people as the state seeks to reform its juvenile justice system and provide youth with more options for rehabilitation instead of prison. But the decline in young inmates has not led to significant savings in incarceration costs because the state hasn’t shut down prisons at a […]

Black graduation rate rises, but funding cuts jeopardize improvements

September 19, 2016 - 11:47am
High schools that enroll black and Latino students are making progress in raising graduation rates. But the gap between black and white students, especially males, remains wide.

Interactive map: Closed schools still burden distressed Chicago neighborhoods

September 14, 2016 - 3:17pm
Black neighborhoods with a legacy of disinvestment and segregation struggle to repurpose shuttered schools.

Financial aid barriers limit college access for undocumented youth

September 12, 2016 - 6:24am
Illinois offers in-state tuition, but that’s not enough to make college affordable for most undocumented students.

Blaming teachers not the way to resolve teacher contract talks

September 6, 2016 - 10:45am
Chicago teachers, even ambivalent union members like me, are finding champions in the teachers union, not in our district leaders, who have created a threatening atmosphere amid current contract talks.

Video: One year after hunger strike, Dyett High School opens

September 1, 2016 - 9:00am
Participants reflect on the impact of their 34-day hunger strike to save a neighborhood high school in Bronzeville.
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