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At turnarounds, a revolving door for most teachers

April 17, 2014

An analysis of state and CPS records found that most turnaround schools continue to have faculty come and go, even after the first year of the turnaround. Yet most experts assert that schools do better and are more likely to make significant progress if they have a stable faculty.

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Across all races, teacher education losing students

April 15, 2014

Fewer college students are enrolling in traditional undergraduate teaching programs in Illinois, with whites accounting for the biggest drop. After years of holding steady, enrollment fell significantly in 2011 and 2012—by 23 percent overall, according to a Catalyst Chicago analysis.

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CPS fails to nurture a true vision for charters

April 01, 2014

What happened to the vision?

The original purpose of charters, as proposed by the legendary head of the American Federation of Teachers, Albert Shanker, was to be a beacon for innovation. By loosening the reins on some public schools they would be free, he argued, to innovate and experiment with new models for learning that might serve as a model for change in other public schools.

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Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 8:39 AM

In the News: Lessons learned from Brown v. Board of Ed

With the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling approaching, a new paper says the decision failed its mission. School segregation is still a problem, and initial school integration gains stalled shortly after the ruling. (Economic Policy Institute)

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Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 11:12 AM

Noble Street campus to offer International Baccalaureate

This fall, Noble Street’s Hansberry College Prep campus in Auburn Gresham will become the first charter school in Illinois to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

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Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 8:39 AM

In the News: UIC faculty strike averted

The University of Illinois at Chicago faculty union reached a tentative contract agreement on Wednesday with the university administration, averting a strike that had been scheduled for next week. (Tribune)

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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 4:52 PM

Students rally for bill to limit suspensions and expulsion, ban discipline fines

Students from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) rallied in the Loop Wednesday to build support for student-drafted legislation that would eliminate monetary fines imposed for disciplinary reasons in schools, as well as limit out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.

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