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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.


April 23, 2014

Two CPS board members had serious questions—some of which went unanswered--about handing over three elementary schools to the Academy for Urban School Leadership. But in the end, the turnarounds were approved at a meeting where opponents as well as supporters of the turnaround model dominated the public participation..  

March 21, 2014

CPS officials announced late Friday afternoon that they are proposing turnarounds for three schools: Dvorak in North Lawndale, McNair in Austin and Gresham in Auburn-Gresham.

January 14, 2014

CPS has relied heavily on turnarounds to improve failing schools, but a Catalyst Chicago analysis shows that turnarounds face challenges in one area: Keeping top leaders in place.

Among 42 principals at the 18 schools that have been turnarounds for at least three years, about a quarter -- 10 -- have left either within a year of the turnaround itself or of taking over leadership at the school. Another quarter -- 11 -- left after two or three years.

July 29, 2013

So far, this year’s school layoffs total at least 3,129. CPS data indicates that of those, about 44 percent were support staff, 29 percent were new teachers, and 27 percent were tenured teachers.

July 16, 2013

With today’s release of ISAT scores, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett touted that students at schools that will take in children displaced by closings are making greater gains and have greater overall scores than students at schools that will shut down.

March 21, 2013

In announcing the largest shakeup ever attempted in one year by a major urban school district, CPS officials laid out a complicated plan for a total of 71 actions--closings, co-locations and turnarounds--that will affect more than 30,000 students. (Full list below.)

December 27, 2012

Three Chicago Public Schools teachers who lost their jobs this year have filed a lawsuit saying that the district's process for "turnaround" schools is racially discriminatory because it targets West and South side campuses with a higher percentage of African-American teachers and staff, the Tribune reports.

June 20, 2012

This story has been updated to reflect the actions of the Illinois State Board of Education at their June 21 meeting.

CPS was awarded on Thursday a $25 million federal School Improvement Grant to perform what is called "transformation" on four high schools and to turnaround one.

April 02, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and members of his staff were grilled for more than two hours by legislators who sharply questioned the district’s decision-making on school closings and turnarounds and called for a summit of the CPS facilities task force.

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