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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.
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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

17 hours ago

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.

Dee-Farder

A cost effective way to improve teaching

August 26, 2015

CPS teacher DeJernet Farder says most professional development activities are no more than random acts of school improvement. To save money and improve teaching, CPS should, for starters, talk with teachers about what they and what their schools need.

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Bilingual services audit tackles long-standing problem

August 25, 2015

CPS officials are preparing to launch an all-school audit of English-learner services in the fall. A recent state audit of 22 schools provides a preview: Many of the compliance issues facing the district are the same ones that have plagued it for decades: inadequate programming and instructional materials for students learning English.

Jeanette Taylor-Ramann with the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the second day of the hunger strike at Dyett High School

Why I’m hunger striking for Dyett High School

August 24, 2015

Jeanette Taylor-Ramann has served on the Mollison Elementary Local School Council since she was 19, a total 21 years. Here she shares experiences that led her to join a hunger strike to get School Board action on a plan to overhaul the neighborhood high school, Dyett.