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College and careers

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.

Catalyst Notebook

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 1:40pm

See who won the LSC elections

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This week CPS released the final tallies of the Local School Council (LSC) elections held earlier this month at most elementary and high schools.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:54am

Keeping freshmen on-track pays off for graduation: study

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All that attention CPS high schools have given to keeping freshmen “on track” toward graduation actually paid off.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, which has long said that the freshman year is the most important predictor of graduation. 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:31am

In the News: Closed South Side schools focus of retreat

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The future of six now-empty Englewood schools that were closed last year as part of a citywide effort to shutter underutilized facilities will be the focus of a retreat Friday being lead by local officials and activists. (DNAInfo)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:10pm

Three school turnarounds get final OK

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Two CPS board members had serious questions—some of which went unanswered--about handing over three elementary schools to the Academy for Urban School Leadership. But in the end, the turnarounds were approved at a meeting where opponents as well as supporters of the turnaround model dominated the public participation..  

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:04am

In the News: CPS' air conditioning tab would be $100 million

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Chicago Public Schools put a $100 million price tag Tuesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s sudden mandate to air-condition classrooms in 206 schools, even as CPS faces a $1 billion shortfall and many other pressing capital needs. (Sun-Times)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:18pm

Teacher candidates to face new performance assessment

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Some students and educators in teacher preparation programs say they were caught off-guard when the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved a single-source contract two months ago with NCS Pearson Inc. to administer a new performance assessment required for teacher certification. 

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