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April 24, 2014

Study: Focus on 9th Graders Boosted Chicago's Graduation Rates

A set of Chicago reports offers evidence that a focus on 9th grade retention can increase graduation rates.

April 22, 2014

L.A. Mayor, Schools, Nonprofits to Debut Innovative Summer Program

Can your city make you smart? This summer Los Angeles will; it plans a innovative summer program that uses Digital Badges to link schools, kids, and community in four neighborhoods.

April 22, 2014

Is the Small Schools Movement Really Dead?

Klonsky: How did we let this dynamic movement of educators and community activists morph into a top-down, corporate-style web of privately operated charter schools?

April 14, 2014

Paul Horton: The War on Books II: Certified School Librarians Are the New Disappeared

Nothing could be clearer, given the mountains of evidence cited here and that can be accessed very easily, that a strong school library program staffed with certified librarians has a very positive effective on learning within underserved communities.

April 08, 2014

Illinois Charter Supporters Rally Against Set of Bills Aimed at Charters

Charter advocates gathered today in Springfield to protest the introduction of ten bills that they say would restrict the startup and growth of charter schools in Illinois.

March 23, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Chicago School Officials Question Children Who Opt Out: Intimidation?

Chicago Public School officials sank to a new and unprecedented low this week. Children whose parents opted them out of testing were pulled from classrooms and questioned by officials from the district law office without parents' knowledge or consent.

March 09, 2014

Chicago Children Who Opt Out Face Pressure

"We hear of administrators who are telling families they are breaking the law, which is a lie. Think about this, they are intimidating people who are undocumented or in difficulty."

March 07, 2014

CNN's 'Chicagoland' Examines a Mayor and His City's Schools

The eight-part documentary series on Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel focuses in part on the tensions that emerge from a plan to close underutilized schools.

March 04, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott Expands, Gets Support of National Union

A boycott of Illinois state tests grows, despite a warning from the state board of education that parents do not have the right to "opt their children out" of testing.

February 28, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott - Second School Joins In

Educators and parents in Chicago joined forces this week to boycott the ISAT at two schools, Maria Saucedo Elementary School and Drummond Montessori. There are also over 1,000 parents at 37 other Chicago schools who requested to opt their child out of ISAT.

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