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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.

early childhood education

February 14, 2014

Staff shortages at the Department of Children and Family Services are causing some child care centers to wait months before their licenses can be renewed – causing problems for child care businesses and possibly putting children’s safety at risk.

February 04, 2014

A simmering battle over standardized tests heated up last week as CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sent a letter to parents warning that they shouldn’t opt their children out of state tests and local exams required by the district.

December 19, 2013

Aurora Cavazos, of Pilsen, has been in the childcare industry for 17 years. For the last four, she has taught preschool at the North Lawndale YMCA. Yet she still holds down a second job to make ends meet.

“I have two jobs because I’m not being paid enough as a child care worker,” Cavazos said Thursday to a group of about 30 colleagues and allies standing outside of the YMCA of Metro Chicago headquarters.

November 05, 2013

The findings from a new study of the district’s pioneering child-parent center program are striking, with daily attendance up and chronic absenteeism among preschoolers down as much as 40 percent in some schools.

November 05, 2013

A privately run high school for the arts could get a new home in a Humboldt Park building formerly used by one of the 49 elementary schools the district voted to close earlier this year, district officials said Monday, although CPS had assured parents that privately run charter schools would not get any of the buildings of neighborhood schools that were closed. The potential move of ChiArts to Lafayette was criticized by those who see it as a breach of that promise. (Tribune/WBEZ)

October 24, 2013

Earlier this year, CPS launched a centralized enrollment process for its preschools, setting an earlier deadline to apply for a slot and designating sites around the city where parents had to submit their application.

October 21, 2013

Two former teachers who got their start through Teach for America have ambitious plans for a new preschool that would combine the best elements from several popular methods of teaching with an emphasis on serving parents as well as children.

The pair hope to open their preschool on the Southwest Side as soon as next summer.

September 18, 2013

 When my phone rings with an “unknown” number, I can assume it is one of my 2nd-grade students calling from a cell phone. When I answer, I hear this:

September 03, 2013

A large number of children in Chicago Public Schools preschools are chronically absent, a new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research has found.

Nearly half of 3-year-olds and more than a third of 4-year-olds missed at least 15 days during the school year.  African-American students were almost twice as likely as others to be chronically absent.

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