The building blocks for digita...

Jul 29, 2016 by

Six years ago, Chavez Multicultural Academic Center joined a district pilot program aimed at giving students more time in school in...

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A $27 million market

Jul 20, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – When Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates spoke this spring to a packed ballroom...

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How a $1 million budget cut co...

Jun 29, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – Just over a decade ago, Chicago Public Schools launched a small office to identify low-income families who...

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Social-emotional learning gain...

Jun 27, 2016 by

By Maureen Kelleher – Then In 2004, Illinois became the first state to require schools to teach social-emotional skills and to...

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Will Common Core spark improve...

Jun 15, 2016 by

When students don’t get higher-level reading skills in their middle and high school years, they often wind up in remedial...

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Dozens of principals quitting ...

Jun 9, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – Chicago Public Schools officials say 54 principals have resigned or retired so far this school year, the...

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50 more schools get privatized...

May 31, 2016 by

Chicago School Board members unanimously voted to privatize building engineers in almost 50 schools, potentially putting engineers...

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Investors earn max initial pay...

May 17, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – Private investors who are paying $16.6 million for a four-year preschool expansion are now assured a...

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Illinois fiscal crisis threate...

May 15, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – The recent higher education bill that sent $600 million in stopgap funding to public colleges and...

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Biggest charter networks given...

May 2, 2016 by

The city’s three largest charter networks were given flexibility to move open seats among their networks, making it easier to...

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Mix-up in poverty counts puts ...

Apr 28, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – An apparent undercount of low-income children in Chicago Public Schools could mean a loss of money for...

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Walton Foundation stops fundin...

Apr 23, 2016 by

As the political climate makes charter schools a tougher sell, the Walton Family Foundation decides that Chicago is no longer one of...

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CTU, CPS will head back to the...

Apr 19, 2016 by

The Chicago Teachers Union and CPS officials will head back to the bargaining table this Thursday, with both sides saying there is...

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Better support for neighborhoo...

Apr 14, 2016 by

By Kalyn Belsha – A new report from a two-year-old initiative aimed at shoring up neighborhood high schools calls for a...

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Online learning falls short wi...

Apr 13, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – A study by two prestigious research groups found that Chicago public high school students who failed...

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Using ‘innovation’ to get more...

Apr 8, 2016 by

By Kalyn Belsha – In Austin on the city’s West Side, early childhood advocates are going to extra lengths to find children who...

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Take 5: April 1 strike, biling...

Mar 26, 2016 by

By a 4-to-1 margin, the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted Wednesday to hold a one-day strike on Friday, April 1. The...

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Teach For America sees cutback

Mar 22, 2016 by

In a first, Chicago Public Schools is moving to partner with a grassroots teacher preparation program backed by the Chicago Teachers...

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Low-income students left out o...

Mar 19, 2016 by

By Melissa Sanchez – In its debut, a recently rebranded Chicago education organization released research today showing that...

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CPS sues Byrd-Bennett, SUPES p...

Mar 12, 2016 by

The cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools has filed a civil lawsuit against disgraced former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and her...

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