Chicago Public School Budget Gimmick

Reprinted from The Chicago Tribune   Last year, Chicago Public Schools officials tapped out reserves and turned their pockets inside out to fill a projected $1 billion shortfall. They closed schools, laid off teachers, slashed classroom and central office spending. …

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Rand Paul talks School Choice in Chicago

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Chicago Gets Strange New Curriculum

Reprinted from the Daily Caller Chicago public schools are set to introduce a new Afro-centric curriculum, according to a closely-guarded copy obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The curriculum covers kindergarten through tenth grade and is designed to align …

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IL Bill: Limit Suspensions, End Student Fines

Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end …

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IL Charter Foe Apologizes for Racial Slur

Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a charged discussion of a bill to regulate charter schools. During debate Wednesday, Rep. …

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Chicago District to Increase School Budgets

Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune While Chicago Public Schools officials continue to say there will be a budget crisis until pension reform is achieved, the district Wednesday said cost-cutting and a one-time accounting maneuver will provide additional $70 million for …

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Illinois Charter Advocates Rally at Capitol

Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois charter schools advocates rallied inside the Capitol today to protest against a slew of measures this session aimed at regulating the alternative education system. A crowd estimated at more than 2,200 chanted …

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A Tale of Two Directions on Charter Schools

Reprinted from U.S. News New York and Illinois are headed in two different directions when it comes to support for public charter schools. In New York, state leaders reached agreement on a budget plan that will increase per-pupil funding for …

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Charter Advocates to Rally in Illinois

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IL Bill: Prohibit Charter School Marketing

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