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Ignoring controversy, Noble Network backers urge renewing Chicago schools’ charter
Noble backers ignored controversy over the Michael Milkie's departure over inappropriate behavior, and urged Chicago Public Schools to renew the network's charter.
Fixing Special Education
November 9, 2018
Parents finally get an update about special education reform at Chicago schools
The letter encourages parents with questions to contact an independent monitor the state appointed to oversee reforms for three years.
October 30, 2018
Chicago’s Acero teachers vote 98% to authorize first-ever charter school strike
Teachers at 15 Acero schools overwhelmingly voted Tuesday evening to authorize a strike, setting the stage for the first walkout in the nation by teachers at a charter network.
October 30, 2018
Chicago test scores drop — while Illinois students’ scores remain flat
Chicago students performed slightly worse on the PARCC standardized exam than in 2017, even as scores throughout Illinois remained flat.
October 30, 2018
Illinois report card: 94 Chicago schools earn low performance rating
Nearly half of Chicago schools failed to meet the state’s threshold for performance on its new accountability system, making some of them possible…
October 26, 2018
Chicago tags two charter schools for possible closure, warns five others
As Chicago’s five-year moratorium on school closings nears an end, the school district has labeled two charter schools and one contract school as candidates for closure.
October 24, 2018
Why Chicago charter educators say now is the moment for historic strike
Charter school union expects up to 19 schools to announce that they will hold votes to authorize a strike against the companies that run the schools.
October 22, 2018
Who’s in and who’s not? Chicago schools announce new boundaries for popular Taft High
The board will announce much-anticipated new attendance boundaries for one of its most crowded schools, William Howard Taft High School on the Northwest side.
October 17, 2018
Illinois charter PAC ready to spend millions in Chicago elections
Well-funded political action committee supporting charter schools poised to campaign for mayor, aldermen candidates — with potentially enough to sway elections.
October 11, 2018
Three Chicago principals and the war against Fs
“Fs and Ds are worthless,” Principal Juan Carlos Ocon of Benito Juarez Community Academy said. The school has devised a strategy for not giving failing grades — and it has increased rigor.
Updated October 12, 2018
You thought failing P.E. or art in high school doesn’t matter? Not so, new Chicago study says.
Study found students struggle with the transition from middle to high school, but the impact varies by race, gender and ethnicity.
Asked and answered
October 9, 2018
Why Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief believe an elite curriculum can resuscitate neighborhood schools
Chicago is doubling down on a big bet that the International Baccalaureate program can be boon to its struggling neighborhood schools. We…
October 3, 2018
How will Chicago schools improve special education after state takeover? Parents haven’t heard.
Parents of children with special needs say they haven’t heard yet from Chicago Public Schools about how it plans to enact education improvements prompted by…
The admissions race
October 2, 2018
Families search for ‘hidden gem’ high schools as application season begins
A high school fair offered an array of high-quality — and achievable — alternatives to Chicago’s notoriously competitive selective-enrollment schools.
change of heart
September 25, 2018
Chicago school board backs down on ID policy but clings to limits on speakers
Public visitors to the monthly Chicago Board of Education meetings will not be required to show ID to enter the meetings, despite…
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