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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: 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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