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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: Public school funding system upheld

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a decision to toss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's system of funding public school districts largely through property taxes. The high court's unanimous opinion Thursday agreed with a lower court ruling. (WBEZ)

Members of the Community Unit District 300 union said on Sunday that they would not accept the final offer for a new contract from the school board, setting the stage for a tense last day of negotiations before a strike could start as early as Tuesday. (Daily Herald)

The District of Columbia spent about $3 million to send 47 special education students who were not D.C. residents to private schools last year, school officials told The Washington Examiner. The students faked D.C. addresses to take advantage of a federal law requiring the city to pay the private-school tuition of any student the city can't educate in its public schools. Although the law applies nationwide, D.C.'s troubled special education system means students are shipped out of the public schools at about six times the national rate.

In a major blow to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's school reform efforts, a state judge on Friday found that Gov. Jindal's signature state school voucher program, which makes nearly half the state's students eligible to attend private schools, is unconstitutional. (Christian Science Monitor)

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