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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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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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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:40am

In the News: W. Side high school students go without teachers

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WBEZ interviewed a dozen students at Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, and all of them told the same story. Their core courses in English and science have been taught mostly by substitutes this year—sometimes a different substitute every day—meaning no homework, and often no classwork.  One student said students are passed automatically since there are no teachers.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:07am

Comings & Goings: Haugh, new principal

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Patrick Haugh, formerly the vice president of program investments at the Chicago Public Education Fund, is now the president of Teaching Trust.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:28am

In the News: AFT shuns Gates funding

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The American Federation of Teachers ended a five-year relationship with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation after rank-and-file union members expressed deep distrust of the foundation's approach to education reform.

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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:22pm

For the Record: Homeless students lack services

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With the number of homeless children in Illinois on the rise, many school districts across the state admit that they aren’t providing students all of the educational services they need. Since 2009, the number of homeless students has doubled in size statewide to nearly 55,000. In Chicago, the number has risen sharply to 18,854 from 12,512.

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