Teacher leaders must have support, financial incentives

September 16, 2014

With students back to school for the new academic year, the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have begun negotiations for the upcoming 2015 teacher contract.

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Catalyst In Focus

Life after being arrested at school

July 28, 2014

Anthony Martinez was one of thousands of CPS students led away in handcuffs from school by police. He’s hoping to get a fresh start when he starts high school in the fall.

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Quick to punish

July 28, 2014

Students caught with an ounce or less of marijuana are more likely to be arrested in school than a student who starts a fight or steals. Hundreds of teens are arrested each year for drug offenses involving pot—offenses that may warrant only a ticket for adult Chicagoans.

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Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014 4:45 PM

Hancock to become a selective admissions school

CPS wants to turn Hancock High School in McKinley Park into a selective enrollment and career and technical education (CTE) school, saying that families, elected officials and community leaders in the area want more selective admissions seats.

The decision, which still must go through public hearings, prompted criticism from one of the leaders of a well-regarded University of Chicago initiative that works with neighborhood high schools to improve academics and increase college-going.

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Monday, Sep. 29, 2014 10:50 AM

Comings and Goings: new principals

Mark Grishaber has been named principal of Taft High School. He was formerly assistant principal at Young High School.

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Monday, Sep. 29, 2014 9:13 AM

Take 5: Fewer tenured teachers rehired, voucher rally, Elgin charter fight

As promised, many of the educators who were laid off earlier this summer as a result of drops in enrollment were rehired, but rehire rates were different for tenured versus non-tenured teachers.

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Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 6:12 PM

CPS won't cut schools based on enrollment shortfalls

CPS officials on Friday said principals would not face budget cuts if student enrollment in their schools failed to meet projections. 

Schools  enrolling more than the number of students projected will receive additional student-based budgeting of about $4,390 per student, according to a letter sent out by CPS.

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