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The number of minority teachers in Chicago has been on a downturn

By: 
Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

The Center for American Progress released a report recently, “Teacher Diversity Matters,”detailing the “teacher diversity gap” state-by-state.

The findings paint a sobering picture of minority under-representation, statewide, in the teaching profession: Just 54 percent of Illinois students are white, but 89 percent of teachers are.

Al Shaw

Chicago Amplified has posted the audio and Power Point from the second forum in the 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series. Listen here to Christopher Koch, state schools superintendent; Daniel Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers; and Samuel Meisels, president of the Erikson Institute. If you missed

School closing opponents turn out to meeting

By: 
Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

CPS' new point man on school actions faced an angry crowd of about 60 people at the first community hearing on proposed guidelines for school closings. Not only were many audience members opposed to school closings, they were also skeptical that Oliver Sicat, the chief portfolio officer, would have the power to make changes based on their feedback.

Al Shaw

Catalyst Chicago and The Chicago Reporter has joined a new advertising network of 15 local websites funded with a $50,000 start-up grant from the Chicago Community Trust. 

The new venture, called the Chicago Independent Ad Network,  will help independent news outlets like the Reporter and Catalyst become more sustainable through advertising income.

Thousands of students in early grades miss weeks of school

By: 
Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

Preschool and the primary grades lay an educational foundation for children’s schooling, but chronic absenteeism in the early grades can crack that foundation—and in CPS, 15 percent of children in preschool through 3rd grade missed a month or more of school in 2010. A new study will shed more light on the problem and point the way toward solutions.

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The Catalyst staff and editorial advisory board thank members whose terms are expiring and welcome their successors.

Those departing are Tim King, president and CEO, Urban Prep Academies for Young Men; Robert Lee, director, Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, ISU; Dea Meyer, vice president, Civic Committee; and Maria Vargas, chair, Social Sciences and Early Childhood Department, St. Augustine College.

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Watch Catalyst Chicago Founder and Publisher Linda Lenz discuss the Illinois school reform bill including longer school days, performance based teacher layoffs, and teacher tenure with Chicago Tonight's Phil Poncé.

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