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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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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. >
Illinois private school scholarship program receives more than 33,000 applications
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Mar 1, 6:56 AM: Empower Illinois said Wednesday it received applications on behalf of more than 33,000 Illinois students for the state’s new K-12 private school scholarships on the first evening its updated application process went live. >
Illinois private school scholarship second signup attracts 45,000
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Feb 28, 6:57 AM: An estimated 45,000 people visited the Empower Illinois website between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, trying for a piece of the nearly $34 million that Empower will award in private school scholarships this year. >
Charter school debate grows in South Loop
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Feb 27, 6:03 AM: Chicago Public Schools officials and local residents continue to debate a proposed Chicago Classical Academy charter school in the South Loop.
$34M in private school scholarships back up for grabs
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Feb 26, 6:37 AM: The day Empower Illinois’ website froze — locking out about 25,000 people who headed there all at the same time to apply for nearly $34 million in private school scholarship funds — the reactions ranged from heavy sighs to >
Empower Illinois concerned proposed bill will jeopardize private scholarships
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Feb 20, 6:29 AM: Empower Illinois Executive Director Myles Mendoza supports legislation to fully fund public schools but not if it will disadvantage those considering private schools.
Charter school tied to megachurch, Common no longer wants to share Hirsch HS
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Feb 19, 7:19 AM: A new charter high school backed by the rapper Common and a politically-connected megachurch no longer wants to set up in Hirsch High School.

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