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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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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:12pm

CPS won't consider new charter proposals this year


In a first in at least a decade, this year Chicago Public Schools will not approve any new charter or contract schools to open in the coming fall.

Not having the process for approval play out over the winter months will certainly be seen as a political decision. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is running for re-election, has come under fire for opening charter schools after closing 50 neighborhood schools last year. CTU President Karen Lewis is considering a run for mayor. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 9:06am

Take 5: Reaction to Hancock change, City Colleges free ride, feds issue equality guidelines

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So far, the reaction to the announcement on Wednesday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS officials want to convert Hancock High School in McKinley Park into a selective enrollment  school has not been entirely positive.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:45pm

Hancock to become a selective admissions school


CPS wants to turn Hancock High School in McKinley Park into a selective enrollment and career and technical education (CTE) school, saying that families, elected officials and community leaders in the area want more selective admissions seats.

The decision, which still must go through public hearings, prompted criticism from one of the leaders of a well-regarded University of Chicago initiative that works with neighborhood high schools to improve academics and increase college-going.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:50am

Comings and Goings: new principals


Mark Grishaber has been named principal of Taft High School. He was formerly assistant principal at Young High School.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:13am

Take 5: Fewer tenured teachers rehired, voucher rally, Elgin charter fight

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As promised, many of the educators who were laid off earlier this summer as a result of drops in enrollment were rehired, but rehire rates were different for tenured versus non-tenured teachers.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 6:12pm

CPS won't cut schools based on enrollment shortfalls


CPS officials on Friday said principals would not face budget cuts if student enrollment in their schools failed to meet projections. 

Schools  enrolling more than the number of students projected will receive additional student-based budgeting of about $4,390 per student, according to a letter sent out by CPS.

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