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Voters Watch Second Presidential Debate at Viewing Parties Across City

Voters Watch Second Presidential Debate at Viewing Parties Across City

Chicagoans eagerly tuned into the second presidential debate between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney at viewing parties for voters spanning the political (and demographic) spectrum. Tim Shaunnessey reported from a Chicago Votes viewing party at Cole’s Bar in Logan Square where a crowd of self-professed liberals felt Obama handily won the town hall-style […]

Performance-based funding guidelines for state schools hard to pin down

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Performance-based funding guidelines for state schools hard to pin down

Discussions of performance-based funding and the Governor’s call for higher graduation rates have left state schools scrambling, but according to a recent study, more than one-third of all actual graduates aren’t counted by the federal government’s current standards. Proposed performance-based funding, like the plans suggested by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, would give more […]

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After Jackson Victory, Halvorson Supporters Still Upset About Airport

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After Jackson Victory, Halvorson Supporters Still Upset About Airport

As Debbie Halvorson walked into the Fifth Quarter Restaurant in Homewood to greet supporters after her loss in Tuesday’s primary to incumbent congressman, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., she said lightheartedly that she wanted a “nice, large beer.” “This wasn’t the ending we anticipated,” said Halvorson, as she thanked her supporters, staff and family for their […]

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Quinn Proposes Adding $50 Million in Scholarship Funds

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Quinn Proposes Adding $50 Million in Scholarship Funds

As part of a broader 1 percent increase to education funding in a budget proposal characterized by deep cuts, Gov. Pat Quinn said he’d like to see an additional $50 million of funding for college scholarships in hopes of getting more Illinoisans into jobs. “Jobs follow brainpower,” said Quinn in his Feb. 22 budget address, […]

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Tough Times for Bilingual and Disabled Students in Illinois Schools

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Tough Times for Bilingual and Disabled Students in Illinois Schools

SPRINGFIELD–As Illinois legislators look to save money wherever they can, educators and families of bilingual students with disabilities worry that they’ll fall by the wayside. Statewide, there are about 184,000 students designated as English Language Learners. Of those, almost 25,000 students also qualify for special education services. “In the early 1990’s and into the early […]

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Illinois Legislators Target State Prepaid College Plan

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Illinois Legislators Target State Prepaid College Plan

State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Hinsdale) hopes that his new legislative efforts will turn around the flailing College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Plan, but it could be just one part of a more comprehensive fix. Durkin introduced an open meeting bill to the Illinois House Jan. 10 hoping to curtail some of the haphazard, risky investments being […]

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CPS Addresses Principal Vacancies, Faces Skepticism

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CPS Addresses Principal Vacancies, Faces Skepticism

Hiring new, effective principals is a pressing problem for Local School Councils across the city. Currently, there are 95 principal vacancies throughout CPS’s 670 neighborhood schools, and there are typically about 100 vacancies each school year, said Steve Gering, CPS chief of leadership development. Responding to the need for more effective principals, CPS created the […]

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