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April 18, 2019
Chicago special education reforms slow to get off ground, monitor tells state school board
Nearly a year after a damning state report detailed how Chicago students with disabilities were systemically delayed or denied services, an update says…
Testing the test
April 18, 2019
New state school board wrestles with future of testing for teacher hopefuls
The basic skills test has proven to be a stumbling block for aspiring teachers of color.
Updated April 17, 2019
In rush to fill teacher vacancies, Illinois has lots of proposals and no immediate solutions
Illinois is preparing to end another school year with more than 1,000 teacher vacancies, a crisis that has ignited legislators and the state’s…
Follow the money
April 15, 2019
At more than $1 billion, Illinois tops the nation in school administration spending
Illinois also spends twice as much per pupil on school administration as the national average — $544 in Illinois to $226 nationwide.
April 10, 2019
More Chicago strikes ahead? Teachers at small school networks overwhelmingly authorize walkouts
At five small Chicago networks, 94 percent of teachers casting ballots this week voted to authorize a strike if needed, banding together to…
April 8, 2019
Three things you need to know about Chicago’s new student portal, coming after spring break
When students and teachers come back from spring break this month, they will see one big change, but it won’t be visible in…
April 4, 2019
How job-training leadership won a South Side principal a Golden Apple award
For tailoring education to special-needs students at Southside Occupational Academy, Principal Joshua Long won a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership.
April 2, 2019
Lori Lightfoot is Chicago’s next mayor — which means big changes are coming to schools
Lori Lightfoot pledged throughout her campaign to bolster the city’s struggling neighborhoods, starting with strengthening public schools.
April 1, 2019
Charter school sexual misconduct reporting lags behind district numbers
Charter schools in Chicago report lower rates of alleged sexual misconduct by adults than do district schools. The gap leads child-protection advocates to…
March 27, 2019
Chicago names new Title IX officer to protect students from assault and harassment
Nearly nine months since news broke of widespread sexual abuse of students, Chicago Public Schools has hired a chief for the office it…
March 25, 2019
Another wave of charter strikes: Teachers at five Chicago schools announce dates to vote on walkouts
As the Chicago Teachers Union announced that educators at five more charter schools are readying strike votes, frustrated teachers and their student supporters…
March 25, 2019
Noble CEO Constance Jones faces a major sales pitch: convincing Chicago’s next mayor to warm to charters
On a freezing winter day, Constance Jones walks purposefully through the busy hub of the Noble charter school network’s central office. That decisive…
March 21, 2019
Illinois State Board, new superintendent seek $5.6 million more for training teachers, streamlining testing
The Illinois State Board of Education has approved adding $5.6 million more to the state education budget — money that the new superintendent…
March 20, 2019
Overturning Chicago’s denial, Illinois Charter Commission offers Urban Prep West second chance
Despite concerns about finances, academics and enrollment, the Illinois charter commission approved an appeal to all an all-male Chicago charter school to keep operating.
March 19, 2019
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