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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.

In the News: Oak Park to adopt IB curriculum

Oak Park District 97 is introducing the International Baccalaureate curriculum at its two middle schools—Percy Julian Middle and Gwendolyn Brooks Middle. District 97 will be the first suburban public school district to implement the rigorous IB program in middle school. (WBEZ)

A U.S. House committee wants the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to allow the snacks made with fresh produce to include frozen, canned, and dried varieties of the same fruits and veggies. The program has introduced thousands of low-income elementary school students to their first tastes of such items as kohlrabi, kiwi fruit, pomegranates, and peaches. (Education Week)

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Negotiating teams for Huntley Unit District 158 and its teachers union have requested a mediator to assist in ongoing contract talks, a news release from the district said. (Daily Herald)

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A study out of the University of California- Berkeley finds that the massive new schools construction project in the Los Angeles Unified School District is yielding concrete results, at least for children in elementary school. Students in the new schools showed achievement gains equivalent to 35 extra days of schooling each year. (Los Angeles Times)

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