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Comings and Goings: New network chiefs, principals

July 23, 2015 - 2:40pm
Two CPS deputy chiefs are being promoted to network chiefs and several principals are changing schools.

Take 5: School sales, CEO salary, kindergarten suspensions

July 23, 2015 - 10:48am
A newly reconstituted Board of Education voted to take on an additional $1.2 billion in new borrowing; CEO Forrest Claypool will work without a formal contract.

Audit of bilingual services coming to all schools

July 22, 2015 - 7:45pm
Citing longstanding issues, outgoing interim CEO Jesse Ruiz says CPS will audit funding and programming for English language learners at all schools, including charters. UNO schools are already under scrutiny, though officials the district's motives.

New forms for LSC evaluation of principals, more borrowing on tap

July 21, 2015 - 8:10pm
The CPS Board of Education will vote Wednesday on $1.16 billion in new borrowing and a new principal evaluation for Local School Councils that places a greater emphasis on school performance.

Southwest Side principals rally against Noble charter

July 21, 2015 - 4:02pm
About a half-dozen Southwest Side principals have stepped forward to protest publicly a bid by Noble charter schools to open two campuses in their area – a move that mirrors a North Side protest earlier this summer.

Strategy lessons for Chicago’s new CEO of CPS

July 17, 2015 - 3:00pm
As Forrest Claypool and Janice Jackson take the reins at CPS, history--including Claypool's own history at the Chicago Park District--offers some lessons in strategy.

With CEO pick, Rahm goes back to the Daley way

July 16, 2015 - 8:55pm
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first two picks to lead CPS were educators from outside Chicago. Now he's turning to a trusted ally and respected "Mr. Fix-It" with no experience in education.

Take 5: Budget cuts, teachers of color, no bank claim

July 16, 2015 - 11:47am
Neighborhood schools with large numbers of students who are black, poor or working to master English were more likely to see steeper losses in their budgets for the coming year, a Catalyst analysis shows.

School budget cuts spread across city

July 14, 2015 - 6:56am
Schurz High School on the North Side will take a $970,818 budget hit next year– the second largest in the city -- due largely to a projected student enrollment drop of 186. Yet Principal Dan Kramer, who in recent months has become a vocal critic of charter school growth at the expense of neighborhood school […]

Neighborhood schools’ budgets decline with enrollment loss

July 13, 2015 - 2:21pm
CPS released school budgets today that maintain last year's per-pupil funding levels although they depend on $500 million in pension reforms that have not materialized.

Summer school shifts from remediation to preventing learning loss

July 10, 2015 - 4:48pm
Chicago has been a leader in shifting summer school away from playing catch-up and toward offering hands-on experiences to prevent summer learning loss.

Bills awaiting Rauner signature: school discipline, grad requirements, teacher licenses

July 10, 2015 - 12:22pm
About a dozen pieces of important education-related legislation — spanning topics such as school discipline, high school graduation requirements, student health and teacher licenses — await action from Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Take 5: Freshmen on track, City Colleges tuition, pension perk

July 9, 2015 - 3:06pm
The City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees approved a budget that includes a tuition hike for the coming school year, while eliminating course fees. Some say the college system should have given students more notice and caution the increase could lead to enrollment declines.

Finding more learning time for teachers and students

July 6, 2015 - 9:00am
Chicago teacher Michelle Gunderson used to look forward to her weekly training sessions about how to work with struggling readers. But since a mandatory seven-hour school day was put in place, she and other teachers are under pressure to spend more time in front of students — and have had to abandon training sessions.

Roots of the Chicago teacher pension crisis

July 2, 2015 - 2:30pm
The seeds of Chicago's current teacher pension crisis were sown in 1995, when Springfield gave Mayor Richard M. Daley greater flexibility in the use of property tax revenue.

Take 5: School budgets, UNO in trouble again, fair-share union fees

July 2, 2015 - 10:49am
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether public-sector unions may require workers who are not members to help pay for bargaining and grievance processing. A ruling against the union could deliver a severe blow to organized labor.

1,400 positions to be cut, special ed vacancies won’t be filled

July 1, 2015 - 8:23pm
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that it would cut $200 million in spending for the coming school year by eliminating 1,400 positions, leaving special education vacancies open and cutting stipends for elementary school sports coaches, among other reductions.

CPS schools get some high marks for school ‘climate’

June 30, 2015 - 11:07am
In a statewide survey of more than 100,000 teachers and 750,000 students, Chicago schools are viewed as strong in three school climate factors: effective leaders, collaborative teachers and ambitious instruction.

How Corey H. overhauled special education in CPS

June 26, 2015 - 1:27pm
As a plaintiff in a lawsuit that forced major changes in the education of Chicago students with disabilities, Corey H., is perhaps the most recognized student name in CPS history. In the courts for two decades, the lawsuit moved CPS from a de facto policy of segregating special education students to compliance with a federal law requiring students with disabilities to be educated in the least restrictive environment.

Union accuses Urban Prep of retaliatory firings

June 26, 2015 - 8:58am
Urban Prep Academies fired more than a dozen teachers last week, a move activists charge was tied to their union activities.


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