File photo from 2010 of middle school students at one of UNO Charter School Network's Archer Heights campuses.

Take 5: Charter news, Laquan’s schools, TIF surplus

Three charter operators, including the UNO Network of Charter Schools and Intrinsic Schools, have expressed interest in applying for federal expansion money, and public hearings have been set for three charter schools appealing the CPS School Board’s decision to close them this year.

Every Tuesday, Jaqueline Espinal rides a shuttle to Truman College from Logan Square to take classes in childhood development.

City Colleges consolidation stirs concern about enrollment in child development programs

City Colleges of Chicago leaders say a plan to consolidate the child development program at Truman College on the North Side will lead to higher-quality offerings and stronger partnerships with four-year schools. But early childhood experts fear the move will limit access for students on the South and West Sides of the city, blocking pipeline development for bilingual teachers and educators of color.