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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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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:55am

In the News: How diverse are city's private elite schools?


The Chicago Reader's occasional series on segregation in Chicago's schools continues with a fourth installment asking: Are Chicago's elite private schools as diverse as they claim to be? The author makes the point that educations students get at private schools like Lab, Latin and Parker are indirectly subsidized by the government.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 8:51pm

CPS "fiscal crisis" takes center stage


CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sounded the fiscal crisis alarm on Wednesday and made clear that the district would like the same pension changes applied to CPS teachers that the state imposed on other public employees.

Next year, CPS will owe the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund $696 million, which, following a pension “holiday,” is 83 percent more than the district was required to pay last year.

“In the absence of action from Springfield, this increase in pension costs will crowd out classroom spending, and we will see further cuts to school budgets,” she said.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 9:28am

In the News: Charter expulsion rates exceed traditional schools'


Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel students at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the district. (Tribune)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 4:55pm

Teachers at Saucedo say "No" to state tests


With nearly 40 percent of their students already opting out of the ISAT, teachers at Saucedo Scholastic Academy—a high-achieving magnet school—took the bold step on Tuesday of voting to refuse to administer it.

In only one other instance—at a high school in Seattle last year—have teachers in one school made a unified group decision not to give a mandated test. National opponents of standardized testing applauded the decision and said it will send a signal across the country.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 9:14am

In the News: Standardized testing backlash hits CPS


Hundreds of CPS students from more than 20 schools are refusing to take their annual state achievement test next week, according to a group opposed to some standardized tests. (Sun-Times)

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:30am

For the Record: Arts education ratings


As part of its arts education plan, CPS has rolled out the district’s first-ever effort to rate schools on the quality of their arts programs and linked the ratings to arts funding of $500 to 750 per school.

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