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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.

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Monday, December 1, 2014 - 4:24pm

Comings and Goings: New principals


These interim principals have become contract principals at their schools: Peter Auffant, Shields Middle School; Patrick McGill, Westinghouse High School; Ethan Netterstrom, Skinner North Elementary; Jean Papagianis, Kilmer Elementary; Tracie Sanlin, Spencer Elementary.

Assistant principal Megan Thole has become principal at Ray Elementary.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:54pm

Raising the bar for STEM education


A teacher in West Garfield Park reads a letter to her class: A waste management company is interested in purchasing vacant land for a garbage dump. The students’ task is to decide what happens next.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:16am

Take 5: REACH exams, Walton's new focus, profits for testing

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For the first time, this year all teachers will be rated under the new REACH evaluation system that not only take test scores into account, but also student performance on exams designed by teachers. But complaints have emerged that these exams are too hard and setting students (and therefore teachers) up to fail. Saucedo special education teacher Sarah Chambers spoke about the issues at the last board of education meeting.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 5:38pm

Study highlights benefits of full-day preschool in Chicago


Children who attend a full day of preschool have better attendance, are less likely to be chronically absent and demonstrate more gains in social-emotional development and physical health than those who only attend part-day preschool, according to a new study on Chicago's child-parent centers.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8:34am

Take 5: Teacher evaluation study, pension reform ruling, foreign language high school

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While most teachers still agree that the new CPS evaluation system will lead to better teaching and improved learning, there’s been an overall decrease in satisfaction with the system, a new study finds. In addition, nearly four out of five teachers say the new system has increased their stress and anxiety levels, with the majority saying the process takes more effort than it’s worth.

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 4:22pm

Parents push for testing 'opt-out' bill


As they continue to push state education officials to ask the federal government for a waiver to delay a new standardized test scheduled to be given next year, parent advocates announced Friday they also want the state legislature to pass a bill allowing parents to opt their child out of the exam.

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