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An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:39am

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

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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, April 17, 2014 - 11:12am

Noble Street campus to offer International Baccalaureate

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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, April 17, 2014 - 8:39am

In the News: UIC faculty strike averted

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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, April 16, 2014 - 4:52pm

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

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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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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:15am

In the News: Fewer Chicago students smoke, CDC reports

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Smoking among Chicago high school students has decreased by more than 20 percent since 2011 and is now the lowest recorded rate in youth smoking, the mayor's office announced Tuesday. Based to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a study shows that less than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking in 2013, down from more than 13 percent in 2011. (Press release)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 7:54am

In the News: Students test driving Common Core; you can, too

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Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards. You can try out sample tests and see for yourself if they boost your critical thinking skills. (The Hechinger Report)

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