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Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

A new website contains a list of and information about the properties that were vacated and allows a way for members of the public and community groups to submit their suggestions. Read »

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Board Approves 7 New Charter Schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved proposals for seven proposals for new charter schools Wednesday amid protests from the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters of public schools. Read »

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz
      

CPS Awards $1.1M in Principal Bonuses

More than 130 Chicago Public Schools principals on Thursday learned they'd been selected to receive generous bonuses -- some as much as $20,000 -- as recognition for their work in boosting students' academic... Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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By Lauren Petty

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

Thousands of Chicago students will say a final farewell Monday at 19 public schools. The second wave of schools slated to be shuttered will close as part of a plan approved last month by the city's Board of... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:22 PM
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By Michelle Relerford & Lisa Balde
      

First Wave of Schools Close for Good

Today marks the last day of class for many Chicago Public Schools students, but for those at more than two dozen Track E schools, it's the last day there for good. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers say they weren't included in the planning, calling her education plan one which will "foster mistrust, alienation and lowered expectations." Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Mary Ann Ahern

CPS Chief Reveals 5-Year Education Plan

CPS Chief Reveals 5-Year Education Plan

While students look a week or two ahead for summer break to start, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools is looking ahead several years to ensure high-quality education. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Displaced Students Early

Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Displaced Students Early

The Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that 78 percent of students from schools closing in a plan to shutter 50 Chicago schools, have enrolled in their new schools early for the next school year. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Anthony Ponce

Chicago High School Graduation Rate Rises To 63 Percent

Chicago High School Graduation Rate Rises To 63 Percent

If a school district's graduation rate is an indicator of improvement, then perhaps Chicago Public Schools is succeeding. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Rahm, Byrd-Bennett Discuss CPS Closings

Rahm, Byrd-Bennett Discuss CPS Closings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett sit down with Mary Ann Ahern and discuss Wednesday's school closings and CPS plans to incorporate students into their new receiving schools. Watch »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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