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February 25, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Faces April Runoff

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

Education Is a Key Factor in Chicago Mayor's Race

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

Report Recommends Elected School Board for Chicago

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.

January 07, 2015

New Report Details Cumbersome Procurement Practices in Big-City Districts

The report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education says some of those procurement processes, while well-meaning, may stifle innovation.

December 11, 2014

Chicago School District Slowly Improves College-Going and Graduation Rates

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.

December 10, 2014

Paul Tough on What (Besides Tests) Should Count

In a conversation with me, Paul Tough talks about how children (really) succeed and the implications of his work as California designs a new accountability system.

November 25, 2014

Full-Day Pre-K Boosts Readiness Skills More Than Half-Day, Study Finds

Children who attended a full-day program were also less likely to be chronically absent, says a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

November 18, 2014

Confronting School Reforms That Work Against Democracy

Meier: Does a climate of fear help create excuses for more and more emergencies that can't be turned over to "the people"?

November 13, 2014

Cities Moving At Their Own (Faster) Pace To Offer Publicly Funded Preschool

For a growing number of cities with independent preschool programs, even some nimble state governments aren't raising public funds for free preschool fast enough.

November 04, 2014

Panic, Shame, and Cuffs: An Account From an Arrested Black Teacher

When a simple traffic violation lands an upstanding teacher on her way to a prayer meeting in handcuffs, maybe there's a problem with the way we do policing in low-income Black communities.

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