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Teaching the trades: Area high school districts partner with industries to give students a head start on job training
Mar 25, 6:31 AM: Such partnerships between local high schools and employers seek to not only put students on career paths to good jobs but replenish a shrinking skilled workforce.
Coronavirus is pushing thousands of Illinois kids into e-learning
Mar 23, 6:57 AM: In the midst of the coronavirus-prompted statewide school shutdown that has brought distance learning to the forefront, Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school has lost its appeal to stay open. >
With Chicago Public Schools now staying closed until April 21, there’s a ‘very real possibility’ that statewide closure could be extended too
Mar 20, 7:50 AM: Just three days into a school shutdown prompted by the coronavirus, Chicago Public Schools announced it will stay closed at least an additional three weeks — and Illinois education officials have indicated that the rest of >
First the teachers strike, now the coronavirus: CPS shuts down for 2nd time this school year as fall walkout now looks like ‘dry run’ for new disruption
Mar 17, 7:12 AM: Each Illinois school district is expected to handle the closure differently, with some ceasing educational instruction until the order is lifted and others providing lessons online. Prior to Pritzker’s announcement, more >
Some CPS schools still waiting for cleaning supplies after district promised additional resources
Mar 13, 7:45 AM: Trying to calm fears of coronavirus in the city’s more than 600 school buildings, Chicago Public Schools officials last week promised quick delivery of extra hand sanitizer, soap and cleaning supplies. >
Hearing To Save Chicago Virtual Charter School Called Off At Last Minute
Feb 21, 7:11 AM: The supporters of the Chicago Virtual Charter School – which is set to close – were planning to be at a critical hearing to save the school. But the State of Illinois pulled the plug on the hearing at the last minute. >
Public education rally calls for increased public school funding and teacher pay, less funding for charter schools
Feb 18, 7:33 AM: About 80 teachers, students and education advocates from across the state attended the event, a significant decrease from the 15,000 teachers and other supporters who came out for the Red for Ed Action Day at the Capitol >
Teacher Union-Backed Poll: Teachers Underpaid
Feb 14, 8:47 AM: A teachers union-sponsored poll of Illinois residents found that most think public school teachers should be paid more, receive their pensions earlier, and have the state provide more funding for public education. >
Fight is on to save Chicago Virtual Charter School, Illinois’ first and only remote learning public school: ‘It’s not perfect, but it is the only one we’ve got’
Feb 4, 7:08 AM: Cheridan and Auguste attend Chicago Virtual Charter School, believed to be Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school for kindergarten through 12th grade. Its pupils attend classes once a week at the >
As Chicago-area Catholic schools close, parents hope new funding scheme signals church’s commitment to education
Feb 3, 7:18 AM: It has become a recurring theme with the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago’s school system: mounting concern over declining enrollment and rising costs; parish leaders devising a strategy to address the problems; parents >
Editorial: Chicago Forward — The crucial, but limited, role of schools in keeping our youth on track
Jan 31, 7:34 AM: Our most vulnerable youth don’t have decades to wait for Springfield to debate incremental changes to public policy. They don’t have precious school time to give up while union leaders play to national cameras and >
John A. Logan provides new opportunities to rural schools via 'virtual classroom'
Jan 30, 6:50 AM: This year, for the first time, John A. Logan College is providing Spanish via videoconference to three local high schools without instructors of their own: Trico, Elverado and Crab Orchard.
Operation Education: Are virtual charter schools helping or hurting student success?
Jan 23, 8:22 AM: Three of Indiana's 104 public charter schools are getting a closer look. That's because new research shows the impact of attending virtual charter schools is "uniformly negative". Virtual schools give students online >
32 CPS charter schools get contract renewals
Jan 23, 7:20 AM: More than 30 charter and options schools with expiring contracts will stay open past this year after Chicago’s school board voted to renew its relationships with the schools’ 13 operators.
Chicago Teachers Union Inc.: How the clout-heavy labor group spends its money
Jan 20, 9:08 AM: We examined how the CTU uses its considerable financial muscle and found nearly $1.5 million from its dues-funded budget went to politics and lobbying over 15 months. And a union foundation cut back sharply on charitable >
New CPS-CTU fight over veteran teacher pay could hold up entire contract that ended historic teachers strike
Jan 7, 8:42 AM: Schools officials promised to hand out $25 million over five years to the district’s most experienced teachers. But exactly how to dole out that money is now up for debate.
In Illinois, apprenticeships are on the rise
Jan 7, 8:31 AM: Apprenticeship programs in construction and other trades have long been seen as a pathway to good-paying jobs without the expense of a college degree.
After 66,000 CPS students missed 1st strike makeup day, many kids skip 2nd one Thursday — will more stay home Friday?
Jan 3, 7:53 AM: About 22% of the school district’s students missed classes the day before Thanksgiving, the first of five makeup days after last fall’s teachers strike.
Parents share dual language immersion program success stories as they plead to keep it in Valparaiso
Dec 18, 9:30 AM: With tears and personal stories, parent after parent asked the Valparaiso School Board Tuesday to reconsider dropping the dual language immersion program at Parkview Elementary School.
Ball Charter School union, board to meet again with federal mediator
Dec 17, 9:16 AM: A federal mediator will meet Tuesday with representatives from the Ball Charter School board of directors and teachers union to hammer out a plan over pay.



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