New Leaders gets a new leader, schools make progress under NCLB

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MOVING IN, ON  Maggie Blinn, former deputy chief officer of CPS’ Office of Principal Preparation and Development, has replaced April Ervin as executive director of New Leaders for New Schools in Chicago.

MAKING PROGRESS   This year, more schools across Illinois failed to meet achievement targets set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act: 31 percent, compared to 24 percent last year. The following nine CPS schools are among 35 statewide that bucked the trend, however, making significant improvement for each of the past two years: Agassiz Elementary, Brentano Math & Science Academy, Caldwell Academy of Math & Science, Cleveland Elementary, Columbus Elementary, Peabody Elementary, Sumner Math & Science Academy, J.N. Thorp Elementary, and Twain Elementary.