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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Nicki Bazer the ISBE General Counsel is fundamentally correct about the legal right of parents to opt their children out of standardized testing in Illinois. There is as far as I can tell no law...
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In the News: More IL grads choose out-of-state colleges
The Tribune analyzed U.S. Department of Education data to determine where Illinois' high school graduates are going to college and found that for the fall 2010 semester, nearly one-quarter of all first-time students left the state — up from 17 percent a decade earlier.
Also: These Tribune graphics show that out-of-state schools enrolled more than 30,000 first-time freshmen from Illinois in Fall 2010, while nearly 17,000 out-of-state students enrolled at Illinois schools. More than half of those students enrolled in schools in nearby states, such as Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin. At the University of Missouri, freshmen from Illinois made up 18 percent of the class in fall 2011, a 300 percent increase since 2000. This fall it’s up to 21 percent.
Chicago Public Schools has engaged in widespread “educational apartheid” by forcing predominantly African-American students into privately run charter schools that often perform worse than their old schools and employ relatively few black and Hispanic instructors, the Chicago Teachers Union charged in a 53-page report it released on Thursday. (Crain's)
A Philadelphia activist writes about what she "learned about successful organizing from the Chicago teachers' strike leaders." (The Notebook)
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Standardized-testing regimens cost states some $1.7 billion a year overall, or a quarter of 1 percent of total K-12 spending in the United States, according to a new report on assessment finances. (Education Week)