Julian High School students learn to take temperatures in one of the district's next-gen career and technical education programs.

The new face of voc-ed

Twenty years ago, Paul Vallas began what became a trend: to favor preparation for college over preparation for a job. For example, he scheduled career training courses outside regular school hours. Today’s voc-ed reform efforts center on connecting academics and career training.

City gives a little in TIF battle

Last month, City Hall gave a few inches of ground in the battle over using TIF funds to plug the Chicago Public Schools’ budget hole. Though there’s a long history of TIF funds coming back to CPS for school construction, it could take major governance change to see more TIF money return to the district.