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Rauner: Special sessions for school funding start Wednesday
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Jul 25, 5:45 AM: Pressure is building to resolve the issue because no state money is available for K-12 education unless a new school funding formula is put in place. Both Republicans and Democrats agree the current formula is flawed and that a new >
Rauner-CPS feud could hold up school money for rest of state
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Jul 14, 6:11 AM: Parents, teachers and students throughout Illinois could have a turbulent start to the school year if Democrats who control the Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner don't reach an agreement on education funding before the >
1 of 4 African-American students stuck in subpar schools: report
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Jul 10, 7:02 AM: One in every four African-American students in Chicago Public Schools attends a “failing” school, according to a new analysis that puts the number for Hispanic students at two in 25, and for white students, two in >
Group will ask state to reverse U-46 on Elgin charter school denial
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Jul 3, 7:58 AM: Hosanna Mahaley Jones, executive director of the Illinois State Charter School Commission, says almost 90 percent of charter school appeals result in the local school board's decision being upheld.
Elgin charter school backers consider appeal
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Jun 30, 7:39 AM: The president of the Elgin charter school initiative, Kerry Kelly, gave one last push to try and convince the School District U-46 board to approve a contract that, for at least the past two months, seemed inevitable.
U-46 board says no to Elgin Math and Science charter school
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Jun 27, 5:42 AM: A proposal for an Elgin charter school has once again failed to garner the blessing of officials at the state's second-largest school district.
Questions remain as charter school deadline set for June 30
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Jun 21, 7:46 AM: School District U46 board members hope to vote on a contract for the area's first charter school next Monday.
Less Than 25 Percent Of Chicago Kids Go To ‘Neighborhood High Schools’
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Jun 20, 6:08 AM: The decline could accelerate even more in the future, with plans to make choosing a school other than a student's local one even easier next year with a single application. The application would be used for neighborhood, charter and >
District 300 charter school opens tutoring center
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Jun 16, 7:29 AM: Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove opened a new tutoring center earlier this week as work continues on two other buildings on campus.
Elgin charter school contract unfinished as questions loom
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Jun 15, 7:32 AM: A proposed contract between School District U46 and the Elgin Math and Science Academy could not be finalized during a special meeting Tuesday night.
U-46 still has concerns with Elgin charter school contract
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Jun 14, 7:00 AM: Elgin Area School District U-46 has been negotiating with the Elgin Charter School Initiative on issues pertaining to the proposed school's ability to provide special education services and transportation to at-risk >
New charter study links structure and success
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Jun 14, 6:05 AM: Several of Chicago’s largest charter schools chains are cramming more than a year’s worth of learning into a single school year, according to a new study by well-respected researchers at Stanford University.
Charter school union votes to join CTU; Chicago union to vote in fall
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Jun 12, 6:33 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union and ChiACTS — the union representing teachers at the city’s charter schools — moved one step closer to unifying Friday.
Nybo rues reversal of some charter school panel authority
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Jun 5, 6:46 AM: Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) railed against a bill that passed both houses recently and would disallow the State Charter School Commission from reversing a school's board decision on charter licensing.
Charter school teachers to vote on proposal to merge with CTU
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Jun 5, 6:42 AM: Unionized teachers at Chicago charter schools are set to begin voting Monday on a plan to join the Chicago Teachers Union, a merger that would alter the politics of the city's education system by pulling the independently operated >
Rauner won’t sign education funding reform bill with $300M for CPS
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Jun 2, 6:13 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he would not sign an education funding reform bill that passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday night just before the regular legislative session ended.
School funding reform measure headed to governor
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Jun 1, 5:22 AM: Illinois lawmakers late Wednesday approved a school funding reform measure, the first significant overhaul of the state’s system of funding public schools in decades.
Rift Growing Over Charter School Bill
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Jun 1, 4:52 AM: School choice supporters in Illinois may be turning the corner. A Senate vote this week on the state's Charter School Commission exposed the growing rift among Democrats when it comes to school choice.
Stats Show Graduates Not Ready for Next Level (CER in the news)
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May 31, 7:42 AM: Illinois' overall high school graduation rate has held steady for years. The State Board of Education says 86 percent of high school students will get a diploma. ISBE's Jackie Matthews is quick to say, however, that's an average >
State Commission Could Lose Power to Overturn Charter School Closures
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May 31, 6:41 AM: Legislation aimed at limiting state control over charter school closures took another step forward this week, as the state Senate approved the measure on a 33-17 vote Monday.

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