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Cover of Catalyst issue on student retention, April 1998.
Cover of Catalyst issue on student retention, April 1998.

CPS weighs an end to student retention

5 hours ago

District officials have been meeting with community groups to discuss two proposals: One would completely eliminate retention, the second would severely limit its use. Either change would mean a complete overhaul of a CPS policy that gained national attention nearly two decades ago.

CTU Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle, a former special education teacher, speaks out against special education cuts at  a rally on Aug. 26, 2015.

30 schools win back some special ed staff

August 30, 2015

CPS agreed to restore 60 special education positions — 10 teachers and 50 aides — across 30 schools after parents and principals expressed concerns about their proposed staffing levels. But 60 other district-run schools that contested their staffing levels received no adjustments.

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Lenita Edgeworth takes time during her lunch break to visit and read to her 8-year-old daughter Ellie at Channing’s Child Care Academy, in the Austin neighborhood, on August 27, 2015.

Rauner’s child care rules could be devastating: parents, providers

August 27, 2015

Under emergency child care rules imposed July 1 by Gov. Bruce Rauner, Lenita Edgeworth has a  difficult choice. She can keep her $16,800 a year job and keep receiving day care assistance for her daughter, Ellie. Or she can pursue her goal of returning to social service work and hope and pray she doesn’t get laid off again, as that would likely spell the end of child care help.