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Latino students seeking college degrees in record numbers, but path is often fraught

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GI Bill college help came for one vet’s family but others still dealing with military’s broken promises

A Marine veteran’s daughter, faced with a sudden and crushing debt, chose not to go to law school — after being accepted and putting down a deposit — rather than face more debt. A proposal in Congress promises a fix.

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More than 100,000 students missed the latest CPS strike makeup days

Student attendance was 62% on the second makeup day stemming from last fall’s 11-day teachers strike.

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Navy fixes GI Bill error that forced student to leave DePaul and left her with $20K debt

After Sun-Times reports, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has told a retired veteran that the debt will be waived. But others still face similar problems.

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With U of I tuition rising, Pritzker strikes deal so more low-income students can attend tuition-free

The governor said he personally asked the board to expand its free tuition program to low-income families.

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Chicago Teachers Union Inc.: How the clout-heavy labor group spends its money

We examined how the CTU uses its considerable financial muscle and found nearly $1.5 million from its dues-funded budget went to politics and lobbying over 15 months. And a union foundation cut back sharply on charitable giving.

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Dixon Elementary student wins Chicago’s first MLK Jr. oratory competition

Mia Roberts was one of 13 fourth- and fifth-graders from Chicago Public Schools who competed in the event Friday.

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Student seeking revenge with pepper spray misses target in Lawndale high school, hits 5 peers instead

The girl told police she had been battered by the boy a few days before, and was upset he wasn’t disciplined, police said.

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Former student arrested after trespassing, prompting lockdown at Steinmetz College Prep

The package he left was a container of cookies, a police spokesman said.

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University of Illinois raises in-state tuition, marking first hike since 2014

In-state freshmen at the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses will face a 1.8% increase, while first-year students in Springfield will have to pay 1% more.

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New rules for cops in CPS prevent officers from intervening in school discipline

The newly released details of the $33 million agreement between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department lay the ground-rules for officers in schools.

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Dav Pilkey’s new ‘Dog Man,’ Art Shay’s Chicago ‘Troublemakers’ and 6 more books not to miss

Other new titles worth a look include Jess Montgomery’s ‘The Hollows,’ Meng Jin’s ‘Little Gods,’ Simon Jimenez’s ‘The Vanished Birds’ and David Susskind’s ‘A World Without Work.’

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St. Jane de Chantal among 5 Chicago-area Catholic schools closing

The schools are set to shut down at the end of the school year because of low enrollment and financial trouble, the Archdiocese of Chicago says.

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Transgender and undocumented students now able to access state college aid

A new law providing a mechanism for undocumented and transgender students to apply for state financial aid took effect Jan. 1, but Monday was the first day the program was up and running.

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New CPS-CTU fight over veteran teacher pay reignites labor strife from historic strike

Schools officials promised to hand out $25 million over five years to the district’s most experienced teachers. But exactly how to dole out that money is now up for debate.

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Former Whitney Young swim coach faces charges and principal suspended over off-the-books pool rentals, watchdog says

The ex-swim coach is accused of pocketing nearly $30,000 in payments he collected to lease the pool to three outside groups — "essentially stealing money that should have gone to the school," according to the report.

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Vendor bribed CPS employee with vacation home stay during bid for $30M contract, inspector general says

Although CPS ended up not awarding the contract to the vendor, she eventually was given a different, much smaller contract for nursing services just a few years later — and still has that work with the school district.

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After 66,000 CPS students missed 1st strike makeup day, many kids skip 2nd one Thursday — will more stay home Friday?

About 22% of the school district’s students missed classes the day before Thanksgiving, the first of five makeup days after last fall’s teachers strike.

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Texts reveal CPS instructor asked student to have sex in school office, gym: prosecutors

Brian Travis, 47, a former JROTC instructor in the Chicago Public Schools, has been charged with sexual assault of a student who was 16-17 years old at the time.

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TV producer Greg Berlanti donates $2 million to Northwestern University

An NU alum, the man behind ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Arrow’ and other hits is funding a professorship in dramatic writing.

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Accused University of Illinois law professor won’t return to teaching

Jay Kesan, accused of sexual harassment, was expected to come back in January after a year of unpaid leave.

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A lesson in Latino, indigenous resistance at Newberry Library

Students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy spent a day perusing artifacts, including a 495-year-old map of Mexico City.

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Few crossed Chicago teachers’ picket lines to work during October school strike

‘The fact that you had such an insignificant number of people . . . it’s remarkable the level of unity and support that they managed to develop and hold onto,’ a CPS-CTU labor expert says.

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CPS workers mad they’re still waiting to see raises won during strike: ‘Pay up. It’s time’

SEIU Local 73 members will get part of their pay bumps, retroactive to July 2018, in their checks Friday. When they will get the rest of the money owed to them is unknown.

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Student who aced AP Spanish test surprised with full ride to UChicago

Arturo Ballesteros, a senior at Back of the Yards College Prep, was wearing his University of Chicago shirt for good luck when he found out he was admitted.

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Chicago school board talks teacher diversity, but skeptics remain

Only 10% of the district’s students are white but half of its teachers are white; CPS seeks public input on solutions.

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New state commission to examine early childhood education funding

The 29-member group is made up of several state legislators along with the state superintendent of education and other advocates, providers and school officials.

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Chicago school board approves closure of 2 charter schools despite emotional pleas from parents and students

Frazier Prep and Chicago Virtual are the eighth and ninth Chicago charter schools to be shut down since 2014 for poor performance.

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CPS to discuss hiring more teachers of color at community meeting

The meeting Monday will be the first for the Chicago Board of Education’s Workforce Development and Equity Committee, one of three committees created this past summer.

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CPS parent sues College Board for allegedly selling students’ personal data for profit

The lawsuit alleges the College Board sold the student data collected in its voluntary Student Search Service to boost its already substantial revenues of about $1 billion per year, attorneys said.

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Lockdown lifted at Morton East high school after gun threat is ruled unfounded

The school was placed on lockdown about 10:30 a.m. after a student told administration they heard another student say he had a weapon at the school.

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Chance the Rapper lends hit ‘I Love You So Much’ to new video game — designed by CPS students

Here’s how you can play the new game, which was announced Monday at an event attended by 400 CPS students.

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CPS recommends closing 2 charter schools

The recommendation to close Frazier Preparatory Academy Charter School and Chicago Virtual Charter School come after "extensive reviews," according to the district.

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Ravenswood family’s move to Evanston shows why Chicago had better grow its middle class

Raising taxes while cutting back on what people get for their money is a sure way to get them to bail, City at the Crossroads columnist Ed Zotti writes.

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Chicago History Museum, high schoolers agree on expanding Latino exhibit

Museum officials and students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy met at the alternative high school Wednesday.