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Chicago high school does right by their college bound students
Mar 14, 7:01 AM: It's a stressful time for high school seniors waiting to hear back from colleges and universities. Those already admitted, are trying to figure out whether they will be able to afford the schools that have let them in. >
Black college enrollment down sharply in Illinois
Mar 7, 8:20 AM: The number of African-American students enrolled at public colleges and universities in Illinois has fallen nearly 26 percent in recent years, while enrollment among other minority groups increased.
Gov. Evers's proposal to cap enrollment on voucher school program worries participating schools
Mar 5, 6:25 AM: In addition to capping enrollment in the voucher program, Evers's plan would stop new charter schools from being created through 2023. It would also form new minimum standards for teacher licensing and school accreditation >
Under threat, private school scholarship program touts successes
Mar 4, 5:58 AM: Illinois' private school scholarship program put thousands of low-income students in private schools of their choice largely at no cost to the families in its first year, according to a new report released as Gov. J.B. >
Letter: Lessons from the teachers strike at Chicago International Charter School
Feb 26, 6:28 AM: Our members put in tremendous work at the bargaining table and on picket lines in bone-chilling weather to win major improvements for their schools. As a union of educators, our job is to teach, but we are also learning a >
Snow days prompt e-learning push across Illinois
Feb 22, 7:08 AM: Illinois’ e-learning door was flung wide open last fall when the Illinois State Board of Education released its interpretation of what constitutes a school day under the state’s new evidence-based funding act. The new act >
Pritzker proposes closing private school scholarships program
Feb 21, 6:42 AM: Gov. J.B. Pritzker is formally asking lawmakers to shut down Illinois’ private school scholarship program and pour more into public schools.
Chicago Teachers Union suspends city's second charter school strike after winning pay increases
Feb 19, 7:01 AM: Regular classes at four Chicago International Charter School campuses were set to resume Tuesday, after negotiators reached a tentative deal to end the city’s second strike at the independently operated schools. >
Charter school strike nears 7th day, could match length of CTU walkout in 2012
Feb 13, 7:50 AM: Wrapping up the sixth day of picketing at four campuses across the city, Chicago International Charter School teachers marched to the Loop office of Kwame Raoul Tuesday afternoon to urge the Illinois attorney general to >
Column: Teacher union’s anti-choice stance has no credibility
Feb 12, 5:43 AM: The ‘Invest in Kids Act’ is a microstep toward allowing parents some choice in their children’s education. One word spreads fear among the ranks of unionized public school teachers and administrators: competition. >
How teacher union support could sway the Chicago mayor’s race
Feb 11, 6:01 AM: Classes at four Chicago International Charter School campuses were on hold. CTU polling data showed the labor group carried substantial public support. And now Toni Preckwinkle, the county board president and a top >
Chicago charter teachers vow to strike as long as necessary
Feb 6, 8:04 AM: Classes ground to a halt at four Chicago International Charter School campuses on Tuesday as 175 unionized teachers and paraprofessionals kicked off the second charter teacher strike in the city this school year. >
I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor.
Feb 6, 6:52 AM: I closed both neighborhood and charter schools as mayor, because mediocre schools of any type fail their students. The 20-year debate between charter and neighborhood is totally misguided, and should be replaced with a >
Chicago charter school teachers launch city's latest strike after stalled contract negotiations
Feb 5, 7:19 AM: Unionized educators at four Chicago International Charter School campuses said they would go on strike Tuesday, launching the city’s second work stoppage at the independently operated campuses after hours of negotiations >
Are Chicago schools too focused on a ‘college or bust’ culture? Some mayoral hopefuls think so.
Feb 4, 7:26 AM: Is Chicago’s “college or bust” culture undermining its neighborhood schools? At a forum on Saturday, several mayoral candidates pledged that, if elected, they would re-evaluate the selective enrollment, or test-in, model >
Schools worry flexibility lost if state re-defines ‘school day’
Feb 4, 7:00 AM: There was general agreement at the Senate Education Committee meeting last week that the definition of a “school day” is changing, but the committee voted unanimously to reinstate an old definition of the term – at least >
CTU following Los Angeles teachers' lead on demands, charter schools
Jan 31, 8:38 AM: Their contract is up at the end of June but Chicago teachers through their union, CTU, have already presented Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the school district with a list of demands.
New Apprenticeship 2020 program lets Chicago students skip 4-year degree
Jan 30, 8:28 AM: City officials and business leaders on Tuesday announced a new apprenticeship program designed to create a pipeline for Chicago students to enter the corporate world. The initiative, Apprenticeship 2020, plans to build on >
This reform is providing school options for Illinois students in need
Jan 29, 5:57 AM: The five-year, private school scholarship program became law in 2017 as part of a wider education reform package. It offers a 75 percent tax credit for every dollar donated to scholarship granting organizations, who then >
Opinion: Limited school choices hurt Illinoisans
Jan 25, 5:52 AM: Well, hundreds of thousands of Illinois parents have no choice when it comes to where they send their children to school. It's the public school nearest you or, well, nothing. But what if that public school isn't doing a >



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