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NAEP results show racial gaps widen as some elementary math, reading scores improve

October 28, 2015 - 7:10pm
CPS students posted gains in 8th-grade math and 4th-grade reading on the 2015 NAEP exam — bucking national trends. But Chicago's gap between white students and students of color in math and reading has widened more than in other large districts over the last 12 years.

CPS recommends approval of Noble, KIPP proposals

October 26, 2015 - 10:41am
Chicago Public Schools leaders are recommending that the Board of Education approve Noble’s controversial proposal to open a new high school in Brighton Park, as well as two of KIPP’s proposals to co-locate inside district-run schools. CPS leaders will also recommend that the Board deny the other nine charter proposals when it votes at Wednesday’s […]

Enrollment down by 4,400 over last year

October 23, 2015 - 7:42pm
Chicago Public Schools enrollment fell by about 4,400 students over last year, according to figures from the 20th day of school. But it's hard to compare year-over-year enrollment at charter and contract schools, due to inconsistencies in CPS data.

“Preschool for All:” easy to say, hard to do

October 23, 2015 - 3:00pm
Long-time leaders in early childhood education, both Illinois and Chicago are struggling to find new ways to fund universal access to preschool.

Take 5: More charter news, inflated grad rates, faster Internet in schools

October 22, 2015 - 10:12am
There's less than a week to go before the CPS Board votes on whether to approve 13 new privately run schools and — and so far district officials won’t release enrollment data on existing charter and contract schools. CPS officials say the information will come before the vote, but the delay troubling to activists who say the district doesn’t need more schools at a time of overall declining enrollment.

State looks to meet demand for early educators with specialized training

October 21, 2015 - 3:35pm
Tens of millions of dollars in federal grants are helping Illinois expand preschool access and transform teacher prep programs to produce more educators who specialize in high-need areas. But it’s unclear if the state will step up its funding levels when the federal money runs out.

Op-ed: Financial aid crisis hits low-income students

October 20, 2015 - 8:00am
One hundred thirty thousand college students in Illinois are on the brink of a crisis that no one is talking about. These are the low-income students who were counting on the state's Monetary Award Program (MAP) to afford tuition payments. But with the state budget process at a grinding halt, they face the threat of […]

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