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Jury still out on Emanuel preschool expansion plans

October 20, 2014

More than three years into the mayor’s tenure, advocates for the city’s youngest children say that they’re glad Emanuel has brought increased public attention to the need for expansion of early childhood programs -- but say it's not enough.

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Walking a financial tightrope through college

September 09, 2014

In 2006, the Consortium for Chicago School Research issued a report that sent shock waves through the Chicago Public Schools system. The discovery that somewhere between only 6.5 and 8% of CPS students graduated from four-year colleges (and only 2% of African-American boys) was a call to action. 

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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 1:27 PM

CPS reverses course, says Dyett to reopen in 2016 as neighborhood high school

CPS officials made the surprise announcement Friday that they want proposals for a new, open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at Dyett High, the Washington Park school that is in the last year of being phased out.

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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 12:30 PM

Heated debate about last year's school closings

Catalyst publisher Linda Lenz moderated a heated panel discussion on Thursday about the impacts of last year's massive school closings. The event was organized by City Club of Chicago and took place at Maggiano's Banquets in downtown Chicago.

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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 8:57 AM

Take 5: Hancock change OK'd, closed school sold, lead paint problems

CPS board members approved on Wednesday the selling of 125 S. Clark and the first of 50-some schools shuttered during the 2013 mass school closings.The district’s headquarters was sold for about $28 million to Blue Star Properties, which plans to keep it offices and retail, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report. Central office workers will be spread out, some at 42 W. Madison and others in two closed schools, one in Humboldt Park and the other in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 5:30 PM

CPS says it wants delay for new test, but was already denied in July

CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made a big point at the board meeting today to say that she is asking the Illinois State Board of Education and the federal government to let the district delay the PARCC, the state’s new standardized test aligned with the more rigorous Common Core Standards.

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