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College and careers

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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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 4:43pm

Cincinnati leaders explain "cradle to careers" educational initiative at Chicago forum

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As part of the 2014 Chicago Policy Forum Series, Cincinnati's schools and community leaders discussed a unique and collaborative effort to improve educational outcomes in their city.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 6:31am

In the News: Science museum expands STEM training

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The Museum of Science and Industry is expanding efforts it has made in recent years to train middle-school teachers in science as part of a broader initiative to motivate students to choose careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Since 2006, 800 teachers, most of them from Chicago Public Schools, have taken science courses at the museum’s teacher professional development program. (Tribune)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:25am

In the News: CPS furniture proposal draws protesters

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Parents, activists, teachers and administrators gathered outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters Wednesday morning to protest a proposal to spend nearly $10 million on new furniture as the district prepares to move to new offices. (Tribune)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 6:29pm

CPS touts minute improvements for students from closed schools

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Ever-so -slight improvements in attendance, graduation on-track rates and grade-point averages among students from closed schools proved enough to please CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and board members.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 6:55am

In the News: CPS wants $5 million for new HQ furniture

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Chicago Public Schools is seeking to double its furniture budget to $9.5 million, chalking up $5 million of that to an upcoming move of its central headquarters. District officials want the Board of Education to approve the expense for the purchase and installation of new office furniture by Staples at Wednesday’s monthly meeting, a proposal the Chicago Teachers Union called “poor stewardship of money.” (Sun-Times)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 6:35am

In the News: Student group calls CPS discipline racially biased

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A student group joined religious and community leaders Monday in pushing for a "Campaign for Common Sense Discipline" in Chicago Public Schools. The groups presented data showing that African-American students were 30 times more likely to be expelled than white students in CPS last school year. (DNAInfo)

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