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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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May 07, 2014

Pilsen's largest high school, Benito Juarez, is under investigation by Chicago Public Schools' inspector general. The school experienced a dramatic jump in attendance, which helped it escape probation for the first time in a decade. In interviews, teachers charge that student attendance records were altered by the school's administration, and they say they felt pressured to bump up students' grades. (DNAinfo)

December 20, 2013

The performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students — and between its poorest students and their wealthier classmates — continues to widen, newly released data show. Black Chicago Public Schools students fell further behind whites in three of four key measures, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card. (Sun-Times)

September 03, 2013

Many states and school districts around the nation that serve large numbers of low-income children are on a mission to reinvent summer experiences for them.

July 17, 2013

Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent of the district's elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in the last school year.

June 28, 2013

Achievement gaps for black and Hispanic youths have declined by substantial margins in reading and math since the early 1970s, according to new federal data issued Thursday. (Education Week)

June 18, 2013

Illinois elementary charter school students made more academic gains than students in comparable district-run schools, according to a new report from Stanford University. Latino charter students posted the most impressive results, in math. Yet there are plenty of caveats to be gleaned from the report’s other findings, especially for African American students, who continued to fare worst academically in both traditional schools and charters.

June 06, 2013

Chicago Public Schools is floating a new performance policy that would abandon the ISAT, grade schools on their progress in closing the achievement gap and create a five-tier rating system rather than the three-level system currently in place.

It also would make schools accountable for having 95 percent of students tested as a way to make sure the data is accurate.

February 04, 2013
February 04, 2013

Every year, a high-stakes gamble begins.

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