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Independent reporting on urban education since 1990 2016-06-30T14:38:21Z
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Take 5: April 1 strike, UNO spending, opt-out issues

March 31, 2016 - 11:58am
The Chicago Teachers Union is billing its one-day strike on Friday as part of a broader labor push for more state revenue to fund education and social services. Meanwhile, after a three-year battle, the Sun-Times obtained financial documents that show lavish spending by the former head of the United Neighborhood Organization.

Take 5: April 1 strike, bilingual ed, REACH

March 24, 2016 - 9:45am
The Chicago Teachers Union voted in favor of a one-day strike on April 1 over unfair labor practices. Meanwhile a former high-ranking CPS official criticized cuts to bilingual education.

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.

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