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Independent reporting on urban education since 1990 2016-05-26T19:57:39Z
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Noble founder talks expansion, discipline, diversity

February 8, 2016 - 5:01am
Noble's founder and superintendent Michael Milkie shares his views on expansion, discipline, diversity and what it takes to improve Chicago high schools.

On a path to Noble

February 8, 2016 - 5:00am
Catholic and elementary charter schools are large sources of new students.

Autonomy at a price

February 8, 2016 - 5:00am
Teachers value freedom in the classroom but complain about pay and long hours.

Learning survival skills

February 8, 2016 - 5:00am
In some communities, parents, principals and politicians are banding together to invigorate neighborhood high schools in the face of stiff competition.

The inclusion route to special education

February 8, 2016 - 5:00am
More students with identified disabilities attend Noble than ever before, but some say the network serves few students with severe needs.

Inside Noble

February 8, 2016 - 5:00am
The Noble Network of Charter Schools has grown into a district within a district, with its own sports league, teacher-training program and a growing army of alumni spreading the brand. But its expansion comes with increased public scrutiny and internal questioning about whether its core tenets work for all students.

School portfolio needs a plan

February 8, 2016 - 5:00am
Charter schools present the most controversial and divisive issue I’ve encountered in 36 years of education reporting. Supporters passionately defend charters, and opponents fiercely attack them, leaving little room for rational consideration of their merits and shortcomings, and what role they might best play in a school district’s game plan. In this issue, we hope to bring some measure of clarity to the debate by illuminating the issues through the experiences of one charter network and school communities that have rallied to compete against charters.

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