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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.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 7:50am

In the News: U.S. students trail in problem solving

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Fifteen-year-olds in the United States scored above the average of those in the developed world on exams assessing problem-solving skills, but they trailed several countries in Asia and Europe as well as Canada, according to international standardized tests results being released on Tuesday, The New York Times reports.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:01am

Comings & Goings: Goren

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Evanston School District 65, the elementary district in that suburb, has tapped Paul Goren for superintendent. Goren currently is senior vice president for program at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. He also has held leadership positions at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, the Spencer Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He also was a deputy superintendent in the Minneapolis MN school district.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:25am

In the News: CPS seeks proposals, ideas for shuttered buildings

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Chicago Public Schools is collecting ideas and proposals for more than 40 of the school buildings it shuttered in last year’s massive school closing on a website the district launched Friday. (Sun-Times)

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 4:43pm

Cincinnati leaders explain "cradle to careers" educational initiative at Chicago forum

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As part of the 2014 Chicago Policy Forum Series, Cincinnati's schools and community leaders discussed a unique and collaborative effort to improve educational outcomes in their city.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 6:31am

In the News: Science museum expands STEM training

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The Museum of Science and Industry is expanding efforts it has made in recent years to train middle-school teachers in science as part of a broader initiative to motivate students to choose careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Since 2006, 800 teachers, most of them from Chicago Public Schools, have taken science courses at the museum’s teacher professional development program. (Tribune)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:25am

In the News: CPS furniture proposal draws protesters

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Parents, activists, teachers and administrators gathered outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters Wednesday morning to protest a proposal to spend nearly $10 million on new furniture as the district prepares to move to new offices. (Tribune)

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