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Grading the tests
March 6, 2019
5 things you should know about the ‘Zombie’ PARCC
Illinois is rolling out a new state test for third- to eighth-grade students, but don’t expect much change. In fact the new state…
an iffy future
February 27, 2019
Ignoring threat to its existence, Illinois’ charter commission weighs schools’ future
Even as it faces a threat to its very existence, the Illinois State Charter Commission continued about its business considering whether to save four charter schools rejected by Chicago.
Updated February 26, 2019
Chicago enters historic mayoral runoff between Lori Lightfoot and teachers union candidate Toni Preckwinkle
Chicago’s crowded mayor’s race is headed toward a runoff. Early returns show that former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot will face Cook County Board President…
Race for mayor
February 26, 2019
Chicago voting: some strategic, some from the gut
Some Chicago voters cast ballots trying to counter the candidate they didn't want to reach a runoff. Others voted on instincts or on issues: education, youth, taxes.
Illinois State Board of Education
Updated February 26, 2019
Illinois new chief educator: Pritzker board appoints first woman of color to the top job
Gov. J.B. Pritzker recommended the first Latina to the state’s top schools job on Tuesday, a day after he replaced all but…
February 25, 2019
Here’s how some of the biggest forces in the education world are spending money in Chicago’s mayoral race
Chicago mayoral candidates have raked in millions of dollars in campaign contributions from various players inside and around the world of education.
February 25, 2019
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker appoints 8 new state board members in near total sweep
The only member from Bruce Rauner’s term who will keep her seat is Susan Morrison, a former social studies teacher who has held statewide jobs.
February 20, 2019
In budget address, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker proposes modest education increases
Even while calling his proposed budget “austere” and speaking plainly about the yawning deficit he inherited, Illinois’ new governor, J.B. Pritzker, struck an…
February 19, 2019
Charter teachers laud new contract on first day back at school after nine-day strike
After nine days on the picket line, teachers and paraprofessionals at four Chicago International Charter Schools were back in class Tuesday — with many…
February 15, 2019
On Chicago charter strike, how far will the teachers union go?
Chicago’s second charter strike has now stretched over nine days. Beyond picket lines and hashtags on social media, the Chicago Teachers Union has…
February 13, 2019
With Loop lobby sit-in, striking teachers union beefs up campaign against Chicago charter
Facing a stalemate at the bargaining table with the management of four Chicago International Charter Schools, the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday staged…
Test of Time
February 12, 2019
Parents at striking schools in Chicago see inconvenience, and hope, as charter walkout drags on
Families supporting striking Chicago charter school teachers have kept their children out of school during the standoff at Chicago International Charter Schools. But finding child care is hard.
Walkout: Day 4
February 11, 2019
Why Chicago’s second charter strike is one to watch
As Denver teachers went out on strike Monday in a pay dispute with their district, charter teachers in Chicago at four schools operated…
February 8, 2019
Multiple layers, multiple CEOs: Strike puts charter management under microscope
Among the leaflets union officials distributed at Chicago’s four-school charter strike picket line this week was one with a bold line at the…
Raising their profile
Updated February 7, 2019
With campaigning aldermen in tow, striking Chicago teachers target statewide charter lobbyist
The Chicago Teachers Union stepped up its pressure campaign on administrators of a second striking Chicago charter with plans to picket the downtown offices of a key pro-charter lobbying group on Thursday.
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