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The race for City Hall

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: CPS grads to get city hiring preference

High school graduates of Chicago Public Schools would receive an upper hand when applying for the jobs with the city under a new initiative announce Saturday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“This new hiring preference encourages our students to stay in school and get their diploma so they are prepared for college and a career,” Emanuel said.The city’s Department of Human Resources plans to make sure at least 20 percent of candidates considered for jobs with the city are CPS graduates, according to a written statement from the Mayor’s Office. When applying, candidates can provide a diploma or transcript as proof of graduating from a CPS school, the release said.

To make up for a seven-day teachers’ strike, most Chicago Public School students will have classes on Presidents Day, see their winter break trimmed back and end the school year later than expected in June. (Sun-Times)

And because of that calendar change, phones at CPS headquarters were ringing off the hook Friday after parents learned of the new student calendar that unexpectedly moves spring break up a week, the Sun-Times also reported.

A leading bond-rating agency downgraded Chicago Board of Education's debt last week. "The negative outlook reflects our view that the district will be hard-pressed to make the budget adjustments necessary to close an estimated $1 billion budget gap for fiscal 2014," Moody's Investors Service said in a news release, the Tribune reported.

A former educator in the Chicago Public Schools who is now a clergyman told a gathering of African-American parents Saturday that the way for them to protect their children from the problems of urban life is to take an interest in their education. Winston Johnson, keynote speaker of the Ministers Conference of South Cook County held at Thornridge High School in Dolton, said all parents should be aware of what their children are doing in school. (

Declining student enrollment in a southwest suburban high school district is causing friction as officials try to balance a shrinking student population among its three schools. The Consolidated High School District 230 school board voted unanimously last week to send some of its future students who traditionally would attend Sandburg High School in Orland Park to Andrew High School in Tinley Park instead. (Tribune)

An astonishing one in every seven Americans ages 16 to 24 is neither working nor in school—5.8 million young people in all, according to a report released by Measure of America, a Project of the Social Science Research Council. These disconnected youth find themselves adrift at society’s margins, unmoored from the structures that confer knowledge, skills, identity, and purpose.


Anonymous wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

CPS hiring preference

As I understand this CPS preference anyone who graduates from a CPS school will get preference in hiring with the City?! I sent my children through 12 years of catholic school because I feared for their safety and wanted a better education than CPS schools were because of that, some person will get a job preference in hiring at City of Chicago over my kid only because they happened to graduate from CPS??!! I don't think this is fair, because CPS schools have failed kids in the past and now the mayor wants to make up for it somehow these kids get preference when applying with the city??!! How backward is this? Reward children for staying in school despite where they graduated from...any high school graduate already gets a preference BECAUSE THEY GRADUATED!! My God what next!

Anonymous wrote 25 weeks 1 day ago

This is ridiculous. My family

This is ridiculous. My family has struggled for years to send me to catholic school so I could receive a good education and be prepared for the work force. Now I'm being punished for it... Thank you Rahm

northside wrote 25 weeks 4 hours ago

better off

I hate to say it...but I would just stay away from CPS if I were you. It is not a place for a young person to grow vocationally. One day when they get their act together it will be a good place. They do pay well...but I just think the world is a HUGE place and you should take it as a sign that CPS is scewed up if they don't want you. However, I understand your frustration. Rahm is phony urban warrior and he is throwing the baby away with the bathwater. Why would you want a system that only hires its own? It is like inbreeding. We need people of ALL racial, national, and economic backgrounds for these kids. Not just a bunch of semi political hacks.

northside wrote 25 weeks 4 hours ago

better off part#2

This is coming from a guy that "loved" his city so much he rented his houe out? Even though he had MILLIONS in his bank account?

Casimir Pulaski wrote 24 weeks 6 days ago

I don't think these CPS grads

I don't think these CPS grads choose to go to a school with a 40% droput rate, 17 avg act score, 25% teen pregnancy rate, and a 10% chance of getting shanked. Face it life's not fair.

Anonymous wrote 24 weeks 17 hours ago

Cps preference

This is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard of. What is the logic? Did the public schools teach a lesson that would better prepare there graduates?
I paid city property taxes and tuition by working my butt off and sacrificing so my kids could get a good education so they can be stepped on by another illogical idea of Rahm's. I have a better idea- Let's make sure we do not elect a mayor who did not attend CPS.

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