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College and careers

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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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 4:48pm

Quinn, Rauner spar over education

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his challenger, Bruce Rauner, met for the first time this afternoon at the Illinois Education Association's 160th Representative Assembly and annual meeting in Chicago.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:15am

In the News: Teacher engagement can predict academic success

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Students who have teachers who make them “feel excited about the future” and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report by Gallup Education. (Education Week)

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:25am

In the News: Bill to weaken charter panel stalls

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After a racially charged debate over weakening a state charter schools panel, the Illinois House voted down union-backed legislation Wednesday to give more power to local school districts to veto charter-school applications.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 5:56pm

CPS uses creative accounting to find cash for schools

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If only we were all CPS, and every time we were short on cash, a pot of one-time, never-to-be-available-again money appeared that would get us over the hump.

CPS leaders announced Wednesday that, once again, they have found a way out of a budget nightmare and plan to increase basic per-pupil funding to schools by $250 per child--in all, about $70 million more than last year--while also paying the hefty teacher pension payment due this year.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 3:36pm

Education funding reform bill advances in legislature

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SPRINGFIELD - The pending amendment to SB 16, the 419-page school funding reform amendment, was pored over and examined and scrutinized, argued over and debated by witnesses and legislators on the Special Issues Subcommittee of the Senate Executive Committee for nearly three hours yesterday before it was approved for full committee consideration.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:47pm

Comings & Goings: Rico

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Jose Rico has been named senior vice president of community investment at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  Rico served four years as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. 

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