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GoCPS easy to learn, but new application process needs work: study

About 47 percent of black students were enrolled at a top-rated high school last year, compared to 70 percent of Latino students and 90 percent of white students.

All 7 members of the Chicago Board of Education step down

The resignations open the door for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to appoint her own board to control Chicago Public Schools.

CPS nixes pricey preschool provided at no cost to families in city’s richest school boundary

Preschool tuition at Oscar Mayer Magnet School will be more than $14,000 starting next school year.

Suburban high school will reprint yearbooks after white nationalism controversy

Students at Oak Park and River Forest High School should get their books in three or four weeks.

Students to get autographs even though yearbooks are delayed by ‘white nationalism’ hand gestures in photos

The blank signature pages are expected to be distributed before school is out for summer.

Commencement speaker plans to pay student debt for Morehouse class of 2019

During his speech, Robert F. Smith told graduates that he would pay their student loans — an estimated $40 million.

CTU president Jesse Sharkey wins re-election

The leader warned Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot that her early decisions will decide whether she has a "steadfast ally" or an "implacable foe" in the teachers union.

Photos of possible ‘white nationalism’ hand gestures delay release of suburban high school yearbook

The hand gestures were discovered May 15, the day the books arrived at Oak Park and River Forest High School

Report says Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

Many told investigators that they thought his behavior was an "open secret" and that they believed their coaches, trainers and other team doctors knew about it.

Easterseals is not only still around — it’s big, important and based in Chicago

Easterseals has 34,000 employees in 5,000 locations worldwide, making it the largest non-profit health care organization in the United States.

Influential Irish music teacher, historian Noel Rice dies at 84

"A party without music is dead. A people without music doesn’t exist," Noel Rice said. "Without music and song, there is no such thing as culture."

Teachers wade through propaganda when searching for climate change info

There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading info.

Progressive CTU leaders face challengers looking to ‘refocus’ in Friday election

More than 25,000 CTU members will vote Friday in the organization's first contested election in six years, as contract talks with the city drag on.

Make it possible for all Chicagoans to go to a 4-year college, get better jobs

But not everybody in Chicago and its suburbs is able to attend a four-year college.

Trump targets surplus Pell Grant money for NASA’s budget boost

The Trump administration is hoping to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA.

UIC full-time faculty reach tentative contract deal with school, averting strike

About 93 percent of UIC United Faculty members voted to authorize a strike earlier this month after nearly a year of contract negotiations.

Senate leader: Lightfoot wants to do her homework on elected school board bill

Parents groups and incoming aldermen on Monday urged passage of a measure that would enact an elected school board in Chicago.

CPS Special Olympians miss competition when buses don’t show up

Dozens of Special Olympians missed out on the fun Thursday when a district miscommunication meant their buses didn't show up.

Rahm Emanuel’s schools legacy: Record grad rates, but he also closed 50 schools

Record high school graduation and college acceptance rates. Improved test scores. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets credit for those. But he also closed a record 50 schools.

Skinner West teacher removed over claim of ‘inappropriate contact’ with students

Skinner West Principal Deborah Clark notified families of the teacher's removal in a letter on Tuesday.

CPS chief financial officer is leading candidate to become Lightfoot’s CFO

Jennie Huang Bennett spent 12 years at Morgan Stanley before joining Chicago Public Schools; at the time, CPS seemed on the verge of bankruptcy.

Teachers at last 2 charter schools reach agreement, ending strike

Teachers at Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy and Instituto Justice Leadership Academy reached a tentative contract agreement late Monday.

Rahm Emanuel’s financial legacy: He left the city better off than he found it

ANALYSIS: History may judge the mayor as a savior who rescued Chicago from the brink of bankruptcy, but it might take some time for that to sink in.

Where teachers can get freebies, discounts for Teacher Appreciation Week

For Teacher Appreciation Week, which kicks off Monday, some restaurants are offering free meals, buy-one-get-one free deals and discounts.

Emanuel adds 12 Catholic high schools to Star Scholarship program

The Star Scholarship covers tuition and books at Chicago’s seven City Colleges for up to three years.

Teachers return to classrooms at 1 charter school; strikes continue at 2 others

Teachers at Latino Youth High School suspended their strike after reaching an tentative agreement with management late Sunday.

No degree? Fed’s study says Chicago is a tough place to work

In Chicago and other areas with plenty of college graduates, there’s evidence employers make that a prerequisite even for jobs that don’t need it.

EDITORIAL: We can do more for Chicago’s gifted students

Chicago Public Schools should be ambitious and inclusive with its final proposal for offering accelerated classes to gifted students.

45% of Chicago’s young black men are out of school and jobless, new report says

"Its tough," said one CPS student who can't find a job. The high jobless rate contributes to violence, students said at a rally Friday.

City Colleges of Chicago staff returns to work

City Colleges of Chicago and the union agreed on a tentative contract after 10 hours of negotiations.

College grads less likely to see degree as ticket to middle class

A college degree has long been seen as a ticket to higher pay, stronger job security, greater home ownership and comparatively stable households.

Teachers at 3 Chicago charter schools go on strike

Educators at three Chicago charter schools went on strike Thursday in what’s billed as the nation’s first protest against multiple charter operators.