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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, >
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.

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