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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 >
Commentary: Time for a reality check on the Chicago Teachers Union
Jan 22, 6:42 AM: The overarching boast of CTU and most teachers unions is that they advocate for children. If that were the case, CTU would support a longer school day and year, more school choice for parents and kids, prohibiting teacher >
Teachers at four charter schools in Chicago set Feb. 5 strike date if no contract reached
Jan 18, 7:58 AM: Teachers affiliated with the Chicago International Charter School network say they will go on strike Feb. 5 unless there is a breakthrough in contract negotiations, a move that would affect about 2,200 students at four of >
More than 30,000 students apply for Empower Illinois tax credit scholarships
Jan 17, 6:27 AM: Part one of the application for the Empower Illinois tax credit scholarships launched Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and Empower Illinois says applications were submitted for at least more than 30,000 students. The state’s >
New program lets East Aurora students take dual-credit classes at Waubonsee Community College
Jan 16, 7:42 AM: The inaugural group of students are high school juniors and seniors, who have met or exceeded proficiency standards on PSAT or SAT exams and had flexibility in their second-semester schedules to attend classes at >
Private school scholarships again up for grabs in Illinois
Jan 16, 7:16 AM: Year two of a controversial taxpayer-funded private school scholarship program kicks off for most families on Tuesday, and one of the most important things to know is that there is no line.



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