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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.

In the News: CPS saved $23 million on purchases

Chicago Public Schools said Friday it has saved $23 million on purchasing contracts since April, when it hired an aggressive new head of the department that handles big buys. Chief Procurement Officer Sébastien de Longeaux said he’s tried some private-sector tactics to negotiate better deals for the district. (Sun-Times)

Facing deep financial problems, the Philadelphia School District has proposed an unprecedented downsizing that would close 37 campuses by June — roughly one out of six public schools. (The New York Times)

Federal officials have rejected California’s request for exemption from rules that penalize low-performing schools and school districts, state officials announced Friday.  (Los Angeles Times)

As the "fiscal cliff" looms, key federal K-12 programs face a cut of 8.2 percent at the beginning of the new year, although most school districts wouldn't feel the pain until next September. (Education Week)

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