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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: State's report card improves—a bit

Advance Illinois, an influential education group, Tuesday gave Illinois’ effort in public education slightly improved grades — mostly Cs — despite a “disturbing” trend of mostly flat academic performance, according to the Sun-Times.

The state's uptick in grades from two years ago — when it drew a D in one of three grades issued by Advance Illinois — came because it managed to hold steady despite an increasingly needy student population, leaders of Advance Illinois said in their second biennial “Report Card on Public Education in Illinois.’’

The Tribune's series on truancy in Chicago Public Schools is vividly reported and thoughtful, touching quite rightfully on the role poverty plays in the struggles of CPS students. (Note: You'll need a subscription to the Tribune's new DigitalPlus service to read the complete series.)

The media barely noticed, but voters in three states rejected the profit-driven fraud that is education "reform," writes David Sirota in Salon.

The L.A. Unified school board voted Tuesday to restore five instructional days to the district's calendar and to rescind 10 unpaid days off teachers had agreed to earlier this year. (Southern California Public Radio)

A  report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance shows school districts across Wisconsin collectively cut spending on health, pension and other benefits by about $366 million in the 2011-12 academic year as the result of cuts to public worker benefits and limits on collective bargaining. (Wausau Daily Herald)

The teachers' union in Detroit says it plans to file a lawsuit against Detroit Public Schools on Wednesday for the "improper" dismissal of more than 422 teachers at the start of the school year. (Detroit News)

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Todd Mason wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Performance Details

Why is it that the Dewey Academy of Fine Arts School in the Pershing Network is the ONLY school that does not show any information on Student Growth and Subgroup Growth on the NWEA Map test in 2012 from the Fall to the Spring? the other schools displayed their data. Is that school trying to hide something. Everything is showing that there is not enough data. Something is amiss. Seemingly not submitting means that the data can't be seen. I even notice that the enrollment data seems a lot inflated. Only 2 classrooms on the 1st floor of that large building. Academic Performance Details are VERY scanty.

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