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Noble Street Charter wins $250,000 Broad Prize

June 22, 2015 - 6:30pm
The majority of Noble Street's $250,000 Broad Prize for charters will go toward supporting former Noble students who are now in college.

Teachers unions tackle social justice to improve schools, communities

June 22, 2015 - 12:20pm
From Saint Paul to Los Angeles, more teachers unions are following the lead of the Chicago Teachers Union, embracing a progressive model that includes building organizing capacity, developing relationships with community groups and other unions and taking broader issues that impact their students’ lives to the bargaining table.

Comings and Goings: Dozier

June 19, 2015 - 4:24pm
Liz Dozier, the Fenger High School principal who had a featured role in the "Chicagoland" series, is leaving CPS at the end of the summer.

How Chicago became a leader in IB

June 19, 2015 - 4:04pm
In 1997, Chicago tapped the International Baccalaureate program as a strategy to hold on to high-achieving elementary graduates. Over time, it has become the district's premier pathway to prepare prospective first-generation college students.

Take 5: Hancock’s award, late pension payment, teacher test bias

June 18, 2015 - 11:47am
Hancock receives a community award, CPS may be late with its teacher pension payment, how test bias is hurting minority teacher recruitment, and competing proposals for Dyett get public scrutiny.

Head Start would become full-day, full school year under proposed changes

June 17, 2015 - 9:28pm
Proposed changes to the rules governing Head Start would make most programs run six hours a day and 180 days a year – a significant expansion that would require additional funding to prevent cuts to teaching jobs and slots.

Student poets talk about violence: photo gallery

June 16, 2015 - 10:53am
In an interactive exhibit at the Poetry Foundation, student poets from Phoenix Military Academy shared their experiences with urban violence.

Q & A: Charles Burbridge, Chicago Teachers Pension Fund

June 15, 2015 - 1:29pm
The new executive director of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund talks about the long history of pension woes, the impact of underfunding, and what he expects as the district's payment deadline approaches.

Take 5: Pension deadline looms, finding a schools chief, Noble decision

June 15, 2015 - 10:25am
City Hall sources say CPS can only afford a partial pension payment, and the process for picking a new schools chief remains a mystery in Chicago while other districts take a more public approach.


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