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To address a devastating pattern of elementary-grade absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools and across the state, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have thrown their support behind legislation to lower Illinois' compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 or...
Tribune reportersChicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett is asking principals to disregard an earlier order to pull the graphic novel “Persepolis” out of schools by the end of today, but she asked that schools stop teaching the book to 7th-graders....
Tags: Fiction, Students, Teaching and Learning, Iran, Teachers
Student achievement will now account for 50 percent of the evaluations given to principals in Chicago Public Schools. The student achievement portion of the new evaluation will be twice the minimum recommended by a 2010 state law. The remaining half of...
Tribune reportersAt a West Side town hall meeting Saturday, a panel of elected officials and community activists decried Chicago’s crisis in elementary grade truancy and absenteeism, and vowed to work on reforms that could save countless children from failure in...
Tags: Civil Rights, Interior Policy, Human Rights, Government, NAACP
For RedEyeThe gymnasium at Bradwell Elementary School was packed Thursday morning with 100 teachers and principals from around Chicago, plus a handful of students, a bundle of OfficeMax employees and loads of media, all in attendance to recognize educators for...
Clout StreetA pastor who protested in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for a longer school day, a community activist and a businesswoman are among five people picked to sit on a panel that will narrow the field of applicants to replace former 7th Ward Ald....
Clout StreetMayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday night that he will accept online applications from people who want to succeed former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson and ask a committee to winnow the field of contenders. The web site will be up Friday and the panel will...
As anyone who has ever attended a Chicago Public Schools board meeting knows, there is no shortage of news or opinions on the Chicago schools beat. Since I first began covering the city's public schools in October 2010, the district has gone through...
Tribune reporterChicago Public Schools students would be on the same calendar in the coming year, one that begins Aug. 26 — at least a week before most students now start school — and ends June 10, under a proposal the Board of Education will vote on...
Chicago Tribune reportersThe panel appointed to give the public a voice on Chicago school closings is being advised by experts with political and financial ties to City Hall, fueling questions about its independence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration. The head of the...
Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released a list of schools that are underenrolled according to this year's attendance figures, providing additional data for a commission that is studying school closings but may not weigh in on which buildings should...
Tribune reporterTrying to help sell drastic school closings this year, Chicago Public Schools is planning to commit to a five-year moratorium on shuttering schools starting in fall 2013. New schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the commitment to a moratorium Monday...
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