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Updated February 7, 2019
After promising more vocational education, Lee unveils his proposal for Tennessee
The new Republican governor announces the first legislative package of his administration.
October 16, 2018
In one Chicago neighborhood, three high schools offer dramatically different opportunities
This story is part of a partnership between Chalkbeat and the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica. Using federal data from Miseducation, an interactive database built…
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Chicago invests $12 million into expanding pathway to construction trades
A $12 million investment in Charles A. Prosser Career Academy will expand vocational training to include construction trades such as carpentry, electricity and HVAC.
August 16, 2018
New data pulls back curtain on Chicago’s high school admissions derby
Before the online portal GoCPS system streamlined the high school choice process, Chicago schools lacked a common deadline or single place portal to…
April 12, 2018
Newark looks to build school-to-work ‘pipeline’ by boosting vocational education
Newark school officials want to revamp the district's "archaic" vocational programs so that students are prepared for well-paying jobs.
May 30, 2017
Lots of people are excited about career and technical education. But new international research points to a potential downside
Quick: What’s one education topic that Betsy DeVos, Randi Weingarten, Donald Trump, and Al Franken all support? It’s actually career and…
August 2, 2016
Race and education in Nashville: Author Ansley Erickson on the hidden policy choices that sustain inequality
Ansley Erickson's book details the desegregation and subsequent resegregation of Nashville’s public schools, tracing today’s educational inequalities to their roots.
March 16, 2015
New career and technical education director says IPS can be an urban model
IPS is in the process of overhauling its career and technical education program.
October 25, 2013
Glenda Ritz's reversal of fortune in dealing with Republicans
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz Republican leaders at the statehouse were wary of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz from the moment she defeated Tony Bennett last November to become the only Democrat holding statewide office, and the simmering tension has exploded over the last month. But it wasn't that long ago Ritz was winning accolades for charming some Republican legislative leaders and pledging to work cooperatively on issues where they had common interests. Ritz's ability to get anything done from her own agenda depends on her ability to make common cause with Republicans, who control all other education policy-making bodies — both houses of the legislature, the governor's office and a majority on the Indiana State Board of Education. So the recent fallout makes her job tougher and raises questions about whether she can accomplish any of her policy goals. Over the course of nine months in office, her political scorecard looks better than might be expected. Still, early wins have turned to something of a losing streak of late. The latest battle could be a make-or-break moment for Ritz's term in office, as it comes down to the question of who sets the policy agenda for the education department, going forward. Here's a look back:
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