The decreases come as teachers and students report feeling safer in the city's schools, according to the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
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March 20, 2015
March 09, 2015
More than $300 million has been donated by foundations and corporations to boost the My Brother's Keeper-aligned initiatives, along with pledges of support from nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives.
March 04, 2015
Earning the seal could open the door for college scholarships, internships, and jobs that require proficiency in a second language, educators say.
March 02, 2015
The district faced more than $1 billion in federal and state cuts if it did not offer the test districtwide, and the state of Illinois threatened to pull its designation as a district.
February 25, 2015
Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who was backed by the Chicago Teachers Union and ran a campaign largely focused on education, garnered nearly 34 percent of the vote.
February 24, 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first term included a teachers' union strike and the closure of nearly 50 schools, but graduation rates rose to record-highs under his watch, ACT scores climbed, and full-day kindergarten was expanded.
February 20, 2015
A new report from the Collaborative for Justice and Equity in Education recommends an elected school board for the city that would prioritize "equitable educational opportunities and outcomes" in its decisionmaking.
December 11, 2014
New research shows that 14 percent of freshmen in the city school system are expected to earn a four-year degree by the age of 25, up from 8 percent in 2006.
October 22, 2014
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.
October 03, 2014
Some speculate the decision to put off new proposals this fall is related to next year's mayoral election.