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Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTU Mad Over Rahm's Charter School Video

CTU Mad Over Rahm's Charter School Video

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teacher's Union may never get along. Read »

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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By Edward McClelland

What the Mayor Wants, the Mayor Gets

What the Mayor Wants, the Mayor Gets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel overrides aldermanic privilege to place a charter school on the northwest side. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Charter School Scores Lag Behind Average

Charter School Scores Lag Behind Average

Turns out the alternative education system Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed to as a model for Chicago Public Schools has problems of its own. State achievement test data released Wednesday for the 2010-2011 school... Read »

Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel to Reward Charters for Longer Day

It will cost $5 million, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago Public Schools will find a way for charter schools to extend the school day in January. Read »

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