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CPS sues to overturn state commission vote to keep 3 charters open

March 23, 2016 - 4:30pm
Chicago Public Schools is suing to block the state charter school commission from keeping open three struggling schools the School Board earlier voted to close. It’s likely the schools will be able to stay open as the cases wind their way through court.

Teachers split over CTU vote on one-day strike

March 23, 2016 - 2:21pm
The House of Delegates votes today on whether teachers will go on a one-day strike on April 1. Some educators say they’ll go to work that day regardless of what delegates decide.

How college advising in CPS got a whole lot smarter

March 21, 2016 - 11:59am
Chicago's push to increase college-going has given the work of high school counselors a sharper focus. Even in tough fiscal times, counselors are honing their skills, and the district is bringing in nonprofit partners to support their work.

Grow Your Own up for CPS contract while Teach For America sees cutback

March 21, 2016 - 10:02am
The School Board will vote on contracts for Grow Your Own, Teach For America and the Golden Apple Foundation to recruit and train a diverse pool of teachers for hard-to-fill positions, including special and bilingual education, and in high-needs schools.

Low-income students left out of Illinois gifted programs: Report

March 17, 2016 - 1:46pm
A report from a new Illinois education organization finds that low-income, black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in gifted programs in school districts across the state.

Take 5: Asbestos in schools, property tax trigger, state financial watch list

March 17, 2016 - 10:27am
Environmental inspectors say dozens of Chicago schools have dangerous levels of asbestos. Meanwhile, financial analysts say that if the cash-strapped school district can’t pay its bond debt, taxpayers may have to foot the bill through an automatic property tax increase.

CPS sues Byrd-Bennett, SUPES pals for $65 million

March 10, 2016 - 12:59pm
Chicago Public Schools is seeking to recoup money spent on the crooked SUPES contract and other penalties under a state law that allows government agencies to sue individuals who commit fraud against them.

Take 5: More budget cuts, PARCC investigation, charter unions

March 10, 2016 - 12:21pm
In order to save up for an upcoming pension payment, the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools told principals this week to stop spending money. Meanwhile anti-testing advocates are questioning a state investigation into the huge number of opt-outs last year of the controversial PARCC test.

Mayor tries again to get more kids into preschool

March 7, 2016 - 4:14pm
The city is trying to unsnarl the tangle of rules governing preschool enrollment and funding that have long created barriers to participation, especially for low-income children.

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