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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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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:10pm

Three school turnarounds get final OK

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Two CPS board members had serious questions—some of which went unanswered--about handing over three elementary schools to the Academy for Urban School Leadership. But in the end, the turnarounds were approved at a meeting where opponents as well as supporters of the turnaround model dominated the public participation..  

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:04am

In the News: CPS' air conditioning tab would be $100 million

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Chicago Public Schools put a $100 million price tag Tuesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s sudden mandate to air-condition classrooms in 206 schools, even as CPS faces a $1 billion shortfall and many other pressing capital needs. (Sun-Times)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:18pm

Teacher candidates to face new performance assessment

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Some students and educators in teacher preparation programs say they were caught off-guard when the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved a single-source contract two months ago with NCS Pearson Inc. to administer a new performance assessment required for teacher certification. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:32am

In the News: CPS adds 5 more IB programs

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Five Chicago Public schools are adding International Baccalaureate programs for elementary and middle schoolers in the fall, joining several dozen other Chicago schools that already offer the internationally recognized model. (Sun-Times)

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Monday, April 21, 2014 - 9:13am

In the News: Common Core changing K-12 landscape

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The Common Core State Standards have been reshaping the American education landscape for four years, leaving their mark on curriculum and instruction, professional development, teacher evaluation, the business of publishing, and the way tests are designed. (Education Week)

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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:39am

In the News: Lessons learned from Brown v. Board of Ed

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With the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling approaching, a new paper says the decision failed its mission. School segregation is still a problem, and initial school integration gains stalled shortly after the ruling. (Economic Policy Institute)

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