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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.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 8:15am

In the News: Moody's downgrades CPS

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Moody's Investors Service said its outlook remains negative for the Chicago Board of Education.The Wall Street credit rating agency reduced the Chicago Board of Education one notch to Baa1 from A3, the same downgrade the city got March 4. The rating applies to $6.3 billion in outstanding school-related general obligation debt. (Crain's)

 

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 7:15pm

For the Record: Maintenance costs for closed schools cut by $300 million

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To help sell its plans for closing 50 schools, CPS leaders claimed that it would cost more than $400 million over the next decade to keep the buildings open, repair them and maintain them. Closings the buildings would thus save a big chunk of money.

But now that the district is trying to get the shuttered buildings off the books, officials have dramatically reduced their initial estimate of maintenance costs.

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 8:41am

In the News: Failure built into the system, researcher argues

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A new book by Camille Farrington, a research associate (assistant professor) at UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Reform, argues that high schools were designed to generate widespread student failure and considers the changes that would need to occur for all students to have a legitimate shot at college.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:22am

In the News: UNO teachers to vote on union contract

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Teachers at the scandal-plagued UNO charter school network are about to vote next week on their first union contract. (Huffington Post)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:22pm

To boost teacher diversity, state scraps limits on basic skills test-taking

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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) voted on Wednesday to scrap a policy established just four years ago that set a limit on the number of times prospective teachers could take the required basic skills tests.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:12pm

For the Record: Gifted education

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Students who lose out in the upcoming round of selective elementary school admissions – as well as other students whose families might have never considered applying – have another option: The district’s less-well-known comprehensive gifted programs, located within magnet and open-enrollment neighborhood schools.

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