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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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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 9:55 AM

Take 5: Interim IG investigates banned company, testing petition, school funding math

Banned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel from work for the city, Windy City Electric Company still managed to get $3.1 million in contracts from CPS, according to a Better Government Association story in the Chicago Sun Times. Windy City was accused of falsely claiming to be owned and operated by women. According to the article, CPS can terminate a contract with any company that is banned by another city agency.

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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 5:42 PM

As CPS irons out school budgets, charters will also get more cash

CPS is increasing the per-pupil funding provided to charter schools for this year in order to “equalize” funding between them and traditional schools.

Charter school operators say that even with the slight increase, some of them are down so many students that they have had to shift spending around to create a balanced budget.

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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 9:37 AM

Seeking federal grant, Illinois promises huge investments in early childhood ed

As part of an ambitious application for up to $80 million in new federal preschool expansion money, the State of Illinois says it can commit to increasing its own spending on early childhood education programs by $250 million annually by 2020.

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Thursday, Oct. 09, 2014 3:43 PM

Comings and Goings: Slavin, WITS/Boundless Readers, Mazany

Sarah Slavin is now the director of the New Teacher Center in Chicago. Previously she served as the education program officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and led Teach Plus as the executive director in Chicago. Slavin also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Foundation for Education.

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