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Editorial: Charter schools that fail to teach deserve to be shut down
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Dec 11, 7:10 AM: At Frazier Preparatory Charter in Lawndale, just 14% of third graders achieved the national average in reading on standardized tests this year. Only 15% of third graders reached the national average in math.
Chicago Public Schools proposal to close 2 charter schools slammed as ‘racist and irresponsible’ by teachers union
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Dec 10, 7:26 AM: From the beginning, the Chicago Teachers Union was critical of the Chicago Public Schools initiative through which Chicago Virtual Charter School and Frazier Preparatory Academy opened more than a decade ago.
How District 214's Educator Prep program is training teachers early to address shortage
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Dec 3, 7:57 AM: Four weeks into a hands-on internship working with students with behavioral issues, Brandon Zuniga knew he wanted to become a teacher.
CTU president is wrong; charters are nonprofit
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Nov 25, 6:29 AM: For someone whose organization represents teachers, one would think Jesse Sharkey would do his homework before making inaccurate statements about public schools in Chicago.
Chicago Student Enrollment Droppied by 6,000, but Union Blocks Closing Schools
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Nov 25, 6:22 AM: Chicago Public Schools’ latest enrollment report shows the city lost over 6,000 students since 2018, bringing enrollment down to 355,155.
Opinion: What the latest rankings should tell us about charter schools
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Nov 22, 7:59 AM: It’s time to move beyond squabbling about type of school or governance model and make access to high-quality schools for all Chicago students our shared focus and priority.
Apprenticeship program at JJC aims to pair companies, students to build skilled workforce
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Nov 22, 6:51 AM: As the nation’s workforce ages and begins to retire, there’s a push, locally and nationally, to get younger people prepared to fill a variety of jobs that require certain skill sets.
‘No ideal solution’ to make up days lost to Chicago teachers strike as Board of Ed approves new calendar, union contracts
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Nov 21, 6:47 AM: Chicago Public Schools and union leaders alike praised the new teachers contract as “transformative” and called public schools “the wisest possible investment” Wednesday before getting down to the business of paying and planning for >
Chicago Teachers Union ratifies new contract, avoiding another walkout after 11-day strike
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Nov 18, 8:50 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to ratify its tentative contract agreement with Chicago Public Schools, averting the prospect that the city’s longest teachers strike in decades could resume.
To pay for new union contracts, Lightfoot, CPS relying on duct tape — and risky assumptions about the future
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Nov 15, 9:18 AM: Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools leaders have come up with enough cash to pay for the first year of new union contracts, relying on a couple of one-time windfalls to patch up the spending plan.
Clock is running for Quest Charter School to prove its value
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Nov 15, 8:09 AM: The numbers and charts projected on the big screen at Monday’s Peoria Public Schools board of education meeting told one story, the collective pleas from the podium told another.
Here’s what CPS teachers will make under the new contract
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Nov 14, 8:27 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union says two upcoming votes — the first by its members and the second by the Board of Education — will provide the dual benefit of helping Chicago Public Schools attract and retain seasoned teachers by giving >
Editorial: As students flee and contract costs rise: Close Chicago’s half-empty schools
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Nov 11, 8:19 AM: Lightfoot finally agreed to a labor contract that is very generous to the teachers union. Making it affordable, however, won’t be easy. Nor will giving a higher-quality education to students now trapped in dying schools. Closing >
CPS releases new school ratings with fewer getting top marks
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Nov 11, 8:07 AM: Fewer Chicago schools earned the city’s top rating in new data released Friday, matching stagnating test scores released earlier this year.
Editorial: Gov. Pritzker and Springfield politicians undercut a low-income scholarship program. Time to reverse the damage.
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Nov 11, 7:08 AM: The program should be made permanent. State law already allows for a wide range of tax credits that do not have sunset dates. This one happens to help low- and middle-income kids get the same opportunities as the children of >
Column: Chicago teachers can bank a lot more sick days in their new contract. Why? Because they were absent much more under the old plan.
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Nov 8, 8:12 AM: Just so you know my bias going into this topic, I call in sick only when I’m actually, you know, ailing or dealing with personal or family medical issues.
Editorial: Chicago teachers’ abuse of sick days should leave us all feeling ill
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Nov 6, 8:48 AM: The teachers’ excessive use of sick days has created a problem for the schools at a time when it is increasingly difficult to line up substitute teachers.
Editorial: Use deeper state report card data to learn more about schools
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Nov 5, 8:16 AM: But do parents really know what makes their child's school tick? Do they know how the school performs on standardized tests? Do they understand the dollars and cents that go into educating their kids? Can they say how their school >
The Chicago teachers strike is over, thanks to a $1.5 billion deal. What will it mean for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s political future?
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Nov 4, 9:40 AM: From the moment voters elected Lori Lightfoot to be Chicago’s 56th mayor this spring, it seemed almost inevitable the city’s public school teachers would strike this fall.
With CPS strike now over, will a new contract agreement transform classrooms in Chicago schools?
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Nov 1, 8:35 AM: A nurse and a social worker in every school, every day. A way to keep class sizes down. Sixteen percent raises. The tentative agreement struck Wednesday between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools has been touted >

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