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Sullivan High School students Talisa Baylor and Iris Henderson work in the new student union, which opened this fall after a design firm volunteered to renovate a storage room. Principal Chad Adams has hustled to bring in partners and donations to bolster offerings.
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Sullivan High School students Talisa Baylor and Iris Henderson work in the new student union, which opened this fall after a design firm volunteered to renovate a storage room. Principal Chad Adams has hustled to bring in partners and donations to bolster offerings.

Learning survival skills

February 8, 2016

In some communities, parents, principals and politicians are banding together to invigorate neighborhood high schools in the face of stiff competition.

Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post, a Chicago-based non-profit communications organization. Previously he worked in the U.S. Department of Education.

‘Give Chicago teachers the facts’

February 9, 2016

A democratic organization is supposed to be governed by and for its members, yet a bargaining committee of the Chicago Teachers Union flatly rejected a proposed contract offer from the Chicago Public Schools without consulting their teachers.

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School portfolio needs a plan

February 8, 2016

Charter schools present the most controversial and divisive issue I’ve encountered in 36 years of education reporting. Supporters passionately defend charters, and opponents fiercely attack them, leaving little room for rational consideration of their merits and shortcomings, and what role they might best play in a school district’s game plan. In this issue, we hope to bring some measure of clarity to the debate by illuminating the issues through the experiences of one charter network and school communities that have rallied to compete against charters.

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