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Charter-school proponents turn in answers to Unit 4 board's questions
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Apr 20, 5:54 AM: Backers of a proposed charter school say they hope the 20-plus pages of documentation submitted Wednesday will provide the clarity Champaign school district officials said was missing during a contentious hearing earlier this >
Editorial: For CPS students, welcome signs of progress
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Apr 13, 5:42 AM: Which big urban school district’s students posted the fastest academic progress from third to eighth grade among the 100 largest districts in the U.S.? And which district had students whose test scores surged about six grade levels >
Letter: The Illinois tax credit scholarship program will cost our schools
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Apr 13, 4:49 AM: A better question than “Why would Pritzker want to limit choices for poor kids?” is: Why doesn’t Kristen McQueary believe all schools receiving public funds should have to offer the same opportunities and provide the same services >
Elgin charter school holds lottery for 200-plus student slots
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Apr 12, 5:58 AM: Organizers of the school, known as EMSA for short, selected its inaugural group of students via an online lottery Wednesday, randomly choosing applications to fill more than 200 openings and putting about 100 more applicants on a >
Finding college not for them, some Decatur students turn to trades
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Apr 11, 6:07 AM: Ultimately, Webb decided it wasn't for him. His grandfather is a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and after listening to him talk about his work, Webb chose to apply for an >
Unit 4 board grills charter-school proponents about gaps in plan
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Apr 10, 7:26 AM: Founding members of the proposed North Champaign Academy charter school — from left, Craig Walker, Nathaniel Banks and Lekevie Johnson — prepare to make their case to the school board at a packed meeting Monday, April 9, 2018, at >
Commentary: Why would Pritzker want to limit choices for poor kids?
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Apr 10, 5:06 AM: Here’s the correct information: The scholarship program signed into law last August is not a voucher system. It takes no money — zero — from the public school system. The scholarships that low-income kids will receive come from >
Pritzker says he’ll end tax credit for private school scholarships
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Apr 5, 5:12 AM: Democrat J.B. Pritzker Wednesday vowed to dismantle a program to help low-income students attend private schools if he is elected governor.
Pritzker blasts Rauner’s private school scholarship plan as ‘really bad idea’
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Apr 4, 5:26 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner touted the historic education bill as his “biggest accomplishment” last year, but on Tuesday Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker vowed to kill one of its key components — a private school scholarship tax credit >
Culture Shock: Teachers Call Noble Charters 'Dehumanizing'
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Apr 4, 4:48 AM: The trend toward school choice has educators across the country looking at Chicago’s Noble Charter Schools — an award-winning network of mostly high schools that specializes in helping inner-city kids achieve the kind of SAT scores >
Competition remains fierce for top programs as CPS sends out high school offers
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Apr 2, 4:59 AM: Fewer than a third of students who applied to the city’s selective-enrollment high schools this fall won a chance to attend, according to early results from Chicago Public Schools’ new application system that show continued fierce >
Suburban districts applaud appellate decision on charter school funds
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Mar 29, 6:10 AM: The districts in May 2015 sued the Illinois State Board of Education regarding a change in the formula for calculating funding for students who lived in those districts but attend Prairie Crossing.
CPS high school offers will arrive by email for eighth-graders on Friday
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Mar 29, 4:45 AM: More than 93 percent of the district’s eighth-graders used the website that “brings about more equity, and empowers more families at CPS to make the best choice for their children,” said CPS CEO Janice Jackson, who has implemented >
Chicago Classical Academy charter school down but not out, would-be co-founder says
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Mar 28, 7:11 AM: The would-be founders of Chicago Classical Academy, which would have been a charter school rooted in the liberal arts and set apart from existing Chicago public schools, are discouraged that their application was not approved but >
CPS eighth-graders who applied for high school under new system to get offers next week
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Mar 22, 6:06 AM: Under the GoCPS system, students who want to attend either a charter school or a district-operated building other than the one they’re assigned based on where they live file an electronic application that ranks their >
Editorial: Let's hear more on charter plan
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Mar 12, 6:25 AM: Proponents of a new charter school in Champaign for low-income K-5 students have put together a plan that offers promise while inviting skepticism. In theory, it sounds good. After all, special charter schools in other communities >
NAACP, others not fans of Champaign charter-school proposal
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Mar 9, 5:42 AM: Concerns about draining the Champaign school district's resources have some community members skeptical about a proposed charter school aimed at improving academic progress in low-income and low-achieving students within the >
Rauner vetoes bill to curb power of Illinois State Charter School Commission
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Mar 2, 7:47 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill, pushed by Chicago Public Schools, that would have curbed the authority of the Illinois State Charter School Commission, which has overruled CPS and funded charter schools the district rejected for >
Rauner Veto Stalls Bill Aimed at Limiting State Charter School Control
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Mar 2, 7:05 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner this week exercised his veto power on a bill aimed at limiting state control over charter school closures.
Hammond charter school offers free childcare to help adult students finish high school
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Mar 1, 7:00 AM: The charter school's goal is to reach adult dropouts and others aged 18 and older, offering tuition-free classes to help them finish their high school degree. Its enrollment is 141 students, Cavanaugh said.

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