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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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April 02, 2014

As CPS gears up for the next Local School Council elections, legislation under consideration in the state’s House of Representatives would require every charter school in Chicago to be administered by an LSC.

March 05, 2014

The deadline for local school council candidate nominations is next Friday, but so far less than a third of schools even have enough parent candidates to fill available seats on the governing boards.

February 13, 2014

To date, 769 candidates have turned in the required paperwork for Chicago Public Schools' upcoming Local School Council elections, according to CPS spokeswoman Jamila Johnson. (DNA Info)

June 24, 2013

While CPS won't "discuss draft budget, ever," says spokeswoman Becky Carroll, Raise Your Hand is compiling a school-by-school list of budget cuts, based on reports by Local School Councils, showing how many hundreds of thousands of dollars are being trimmed. So far, the total is more than $71 million.

December 12, 2012

This year, I helped hire my boss. I had the unusual opportunity to play a crucial role in deciding who would evaluate my job performance and ultimately decide whether or not I would keep my job as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools.

May 25, 2012

In a victory for CPS, a judge has dismissed for the second time a lawsuit filed by parents who sought to stop school closings and turnarounds.

April 17, 2012

Local School Council elections in Chicago Public Schools start this Wednesday, with 6,500 candidates running for the school-based seats. Meanwhile, CPS has created an app called, "Who is Running for my Local School Council?" so parents can see a list of candidates running for positions.

April 11, 2012

One of the original authors of the LSC concept says Chicago Public Schools obstructed their own efforts to promote LSC elections by taking more than a week to make the names of Local School Council candidates available to the press or public.

March 23, 2012

State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) wants to offer merit pay to elected Local School Council members whose schools show marked academic improvement, Progress Illinois reports.

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