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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In the News: Time's almost up on CTU contract
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union will picket in front of the Board of Education this morning before Chicago School Board's monthly meets. CTU says the informational picketing is part of its "campaign to win a fair labor contract that will protect their wages and benefits and strengthen neighborhood schools." The current contract between CTU and CPS expires June 30.
Chicago police officials report the number of students shot in the city during the past school year is up nearly 22 percent. (WBEZ)
IN THE STATE
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed four new education laws. SB 3244 will help students by implementing a stronger mathematics curriculum. The governor also signed laws that adjust the timelines for alternative teaching certification and general administrative endorsements, as well as increase the efficiency of regional education offices across the state. (AldedoTimesRecord.com)
IN THE NATION
Only 23 percent of students who graduate from D.C.'s public high schools end up graduating from college or any other postsecondary institution within six years, according to an estimate from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. (Washington Examiner)
The Senate Democratic and Republican leaders on Tuesday reached an agreement on legislation to extend subsidized federal student loans, adding bipartisan pressure to House Republicans to come along before rates double July 1. (The New York Times)