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April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Innovative finance model could provide new path for early childhood services

Jared Polis, a Democrat who formerly served on the State Board of Education, kept talking about it and policy-makers, foundations executives and law-makers started listening. Wickersham, director of the Center for Education ... Among them were two ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Education experts debate Common Core's value

Karen Kidwell, director, division of program standards at the Kentucky Department of Education said the teachers have been supportive and enjoyed that they've been able to work and share across network lines for the first time. ... the same vocal and ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Schools consider new test fee amid budget worries

Page 1 of 1. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As they juggle school-reform demands with budget cuts, state education officials are considering retaining a traditional college-readiness test for high school juniors but passing the cost along to school ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

North Lawndale residents resist further school privatization

The district's now-defunct Office of School Improvement handled some school turnarounds, but in 2011, then-CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said the district would stop managing its own turnarounds and bring in more outside operators, but that has not happened.


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Dvorak Elementary Supporters Furious About CPS Turnaround Plan

If the Chicago Board of Education approves the school actions at its April monthly meeting, AUSL will bring on its own principal, faculty and staff at the three schools after CPS fires all of the existing personnel. Notably, Chicago Board of Education ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

New teacher licensing system full of glitches, hitches

In late January, the Illinois State Board of Education abruptly canceled its $3.6 million contract with the company hired to build the system. That sparked a dispute over unpaid bills that remains unresolved. The agency continues to withhold about $1.1 ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

District takes nearly a month to produce absurdly limited ingredient lists for ...

Almost all the meals served in the Chicago Public Schools are paid for with your tax dollars. But if you want to know what's actually in those meals, good luck. Early last month WBEZ filed a Freedom of Information Act request for data on what CPS ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Noble Network's 'The Robot' Strives to Predict Students' College Success

CHICAGO — While the chances of a high school kid getting into college can often feel like a game of luck, one tech whiz has sought to mathematically break down a Noble Network student's probability of being accepted and succeeding at college with a ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Plans approved for American Book Co. building

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, a state-city agency known as McPier, had conceptual plans approved Thursday by the Permit Review Committee of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. The committee sought one amendment that asks ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

County should join effort to cage puppy mills

A similar proposal is now before the Cook County Board, and the commissioners should approve it. Leading animal-rights groups have long complained about crowded and unsanitary puppy mills, where animals are caged on wire floors that hurt their paws, ...


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Advocates call for raising tax money to pay for mass transit improvements

A coalition of transportation advocates supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has recommended raising new tax money in Cook County to help pay for billions of dollars of mass transit improvements.


April 04, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Barber, Student Journey Across Chicago's Economic Divide

The plan aims "to build and strengthen communities by integrating public housing and its leaseholders into the larger social, economic and physical fabric of Chicago," according to the Chicago Housing Authority. Chicago wanted stop managing public ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Poll: Illinois Voters Believe Political Corruption Is The Norm

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich—our most obvious example of political corruption in Illinois. (Photo credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images). If perception is reality, then Illinois voters expect their politicians to make backdoor deals, ignore their ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago pension fix gets quick committee approval

Democrat Emanuel announced Monday night that he had reached agreement with 31 labor unions to reform two pension funds — for municipal workers and laborers — and cut a $19.5 billion deficit in half in the next 40 years. "The way the numbers look ...


April 03, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Gov. Quinn's running mate says Republican approach would lead to ...

He ran CPS from 1995 to 2001 before losing the 2002 Democratic nomination for governor to now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He offered analysis of Quinn's plan alongside Rauner's approach on Wednesday, showing what he described as the ...


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