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Could You Have Handled an 8-5 Schedule When You Were in High School?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past four years, students in the first graduating class of Southland College Prep Charter High School spent five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. preparing for the next phase of their lives.

WATCH: This Whopping Bill Is For A Public School Education

Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents

Most people assume that children who attend public school in America do so on the government's dime. But that's not necessarily the case, as one paren...

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

Lessons Learned from Launching a Proven Educational Model in a City That Needs It: Citizen Schools Illinois

Bryce Bowman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Bryce Bowman

Launching a new organization is never easy and there are many moving parts. In urban education, there are a lot of complex moving parts. Here are my greatest takeaways from the last nine months with Citizens Schools.

Corporations Taking a Stand for Public Education

Jamal Cornelious | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Jamal Cornelious

Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. We are promoting student achievement, transforming schools and re-imagining education in America.

In Chicago, Imagining a Different Ending

Sam Chaltain | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

The good news is that the rest of us can learn something from the mistakes both sides in this particular melodrama have made.

Does Preschool Help Prevent Crime?

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois law enforcement leaders joined forces last week to speak out against cuts to state preschool funding, claiming cutting early educa...

Broke State Could Soon Charge For School Bus Rides

Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago

As school districts statewide complain about the mounting costs of transporting their students, the Illinois State Board of Education could soon allow...

State RUNS OUT Of Financial Aid For College Students

Posted 03.22.2012 | Chicago

College-bound Illinois students seeking financial aid to offset their tuition costs will be turned away if their application was received after March ...

Relatives Of Lobbyists, Campaign Donors Got Lawmakers' Help To Enter U. Of I.

Chicago Tribune | Jodi S. Cohen, Stacy St. Clair and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune Reporters | Posted 02.25.2012 | Chicago

Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union l...

As Some Schools Plunge Into Technology, Poor Schools Are Left Behind

| Nick Pandolfo | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. CHICAGO -- On a recent Friday morning, 15-year-old Jerod Franklin stared at his hands as h...

Four In Five Illinois Community College Students Don't Graduate On Time

Posted 01.19.2012 | Chicago

Illinois community colleges enroll almost a million students annually, but four out of five students fail to earn their degrees on time, according to ...

Joy Resmovits

Seven States Share $200 Million In Race To The Top | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.24.2012 | Education

Seven more states will receive $200 million in federal funds in the latest round of the Race to the Top competition, President Barack Obama's controve...

State High School Graduation Rates Plummet Under New Formula

Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, Illinois released report cards for each of the state's schools under a new formula bringing the way it reports school graduation rates in l...

Half Of Illinois Public High School Students Failed Important Exam

Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

Nearly half of all Illinois public school students failed the annual 11th grade Prairie State Achievement Exam, the worst statewide performance record...

ACT Scores In Illinois Up, But Are Still Lower Than National Average

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

Graduating high school seniors in Illinois may post ACT test scores that are still be behind the national average, but they have also shown gradual im...

Let's Tie College Funding to Student Success

Sheila Simon | Posted 10.05.2011 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

We all know our state needs to have a more educated workforce. In this school year I am anticipating something new in higher education: performance funding, a way to reward good results.

Lessons for Wisconsin -- How Illinois Recognizes Its Great Teachers With New Reform Law

Ellen S. Alberding | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago
Ellen S. Alberding

Unlike our neighbors in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states, Illinois education stakeholders worked together to craft an aggressive bill that makes our state the nation's new leader in education reform.

Illinois Senate Passes Sprawling Education Reform Bill

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.15.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A sprawling education-reform package that could lengthen the school year in Chicago, give school districts new powers to oust poorly pe...

Chicago Charter Schools: 1 In 10 Students Transfer Out

Catalyst Chicago | By Sarah Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's almost 8:21 a.m. at Gary Comer College Prep Charter, nearly a minute after the morning bell. On this sunny day, Principal James Troupis stands in...

As Clock Ticks Down, Legislature Should Pass Teacher Strike Reform

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

In the waning days of the legislative session, legislative leaders are still searching for a grand tax bargain that might involve dramatic reforms to the state's education system.

Epic Miscalculation Has Illinois Teachers Unions in the Crosshairs

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Legislative leaders in Springfield are readying a mammoth education reform package aimed primarily at curtailing the power of the state's teachers unions, a shocking turn of events.

Illinois Lawmakers Consider Plan To Limit Tenure, Strike Rights For Teachers

Catalyst Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In Government and Policy This is not a time of holiday cheer for teachers' unions in Chicago and throughout Illinois. A hastily formed committee o...

Maywood High School District Kicks Out 1 In 3 Students

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The idea behind suspending or expelling a high-school troublemaker seems pretty straight-forward: You want the troublemaker gone so other kids have a ...

Illinois SAT Scores DROP In All Subjects

Chicago Tribune | September 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Average SAT scores in Illinois dropped across all subjects for the class of 2010, but there was good news too: The graduates showed they could outwrit...