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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.

In contract negotiations, let’s bring mentor teacher program into the discussion

August 3, 2016 - 11:54am
Having a mentor can help teachers improve and students learn more. CTU and CPS should compromise so that we invest more of our resources in this support throughout a teacher’s career, instead of waiting until a teacher is on the brink of failure.

The challenge of being a black principal in today’s racial and political climate

July 27, 2016 - 10:19am
I currently serve as the leader of an integrated middle school in a diverse community. Leaders can’t be afraid to have tough conversations about race and inequality.

Ban “the box” asking college applicants about criminal, school discipline records

July 19, 2016 - 4:30pm
Black and Latino young people are more likely to face discrimination in college admissions because many institutions ask about criminal records and school discipline--neither of which are race-neutral. Students are beginning to organize to "ban the box" on college applications.

The building blocks for digital learning

July 13, 2016 - 6:00am
Schools that have embraced technology in the classroom have much in common. But the one element that’s indispensable is cash.

A $27 million market

July 13, 2016 - 6:00am
CPS schools that bought ed tech products in 2015 spent an average of $30 per student, but the impact on achievement is still in question.

The question of tech equity

July 13, 2016 - 6:00am
Technology isn’t a silver bullet for learning, but schools can’t reap any benefit if they don’t have what’s needed to make the best use of it: fast internet, enough computers and trained teachers.

Closing the digital divide for all students

July 13, 2016 - 6:00am
A teacher and former Chicago Public Schools student says technology can be a game-changer for ‘young people who need opportunity the most.’

Moving the legacy forward

July 13, 2016 - 6:00am
When Catalyst Chicago went to press with this issue, lawmakers in Springfield had finally passed a stopgap budget that will let schools open in the fall, in Chicago and in other districts that had sounded the alarm about possible shutdowns. After a year-long stalemate, the temporary budget will allow the wheels of state government to continue turning for a time. But there’s no reason to breathe a sigh of relief, at least for longer than a few seconds.
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