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Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 4:08pm

Comings & Goings: Foley, Hilsabeck, DeClemente, Shah, Papineau

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Karen G. Foley has been appointed president and CEO of Juvenile Protective Association. JPA, founded in 1901 by Jane Addams, works with and on behalf of children and families in some of Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods. Prior to joining JPA, Karen served as president and CEO for The Hope Institute, president of Chicago Scholars, and executive vice president and head of global marketing at CNA.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 8:22am

Take 5: LEARN charter opposed, displaced students, NYC centralizing power

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More than a thousand people have signed a petition to keep a LEARN Charter School branch from opening in south suburban Chicago Heights, where the network has proposed to open a K-8 elementary school this September. It would be LEARN’s ninth campus, and its second suburban location.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:01am

After closings, 1 in 5 children land at top-rated schools: report

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More than 90 percent of students displaced by the mass school closings in 2013 went to higher-rated schools, but less than one-fifth went to the top-rated schools, according to a Consortium on Chicago School Research report released today.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 7:10pm

State board wants $730 million more for education, tackles CPS testing

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Illinois State Board of Education officials expressed annoyance on Wednesday with the Chicago Public Schools decision to administer the state’s controversial new standardized test at just a small group of schools -- but didn’t offer any solutions for getting the district to comply.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:30am

Take 5: Aldermanic endorsements, extended learning time, GED pass rates

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The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted to endorse another batch of aldermanic candidates at last week’s meeting -- but not without a little bit of soul-searching first. Union officials have kept mum about what exactly happened -- as George Schmidt wrote last week in Substance News -- but a number of delegates gave Catalyst Chicago the rundown.

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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:39pm

Defying state, CPS will test just 10 percent of schools

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CPS officials say that the district will go against the state's testing plans and refuse to give all students the controversial new PARCC exam. Spokesman Bill McCaffrey said Friday evening that district leaders plan to have only 10 percent of schools take the PARCC, the new state-mandated test that is geared to the Common Core standards. McCaffrey called it an expanded pilot and said that the schools taking the PARCC will be representative of the entire district.

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