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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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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 11:59 AM

Dyett supporters vow to fight for "green tech" plan

The announcement last week that CPS reversed course and now plans to reopen Dyett High, set to close at the end of the school year, was a hard-won battle for community activists. But the war is not over.

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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 7:58 AM

Take 5: Preschool enrollment falls, union election spending, asbestos concerns

Preschool enrollment in CPS is down again this year. The district’s 20th day enrollment data show a drop of about 800 children, with 4-year-olds accounting for the entire decline.The downward trend continues  even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to expand access to high-quality preschool for all low-income 4-year-olds in the city.

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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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