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by Josh Kalven
10:55am
Wed Dec 3, 2008

Dan Swinney's Got A Plan

Amid all the twelve-figure bailouts and theoretical arguments about how to repair the American economy, I was so relieved to hear Dan Swinney's comments last Sunday as a guest on Bruce DuMont's Beyond The Beltway.  Swinney is a labor guy and, as such, has a very practical, on-...

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by Josh Kalven
11:20am
Fri Nov 21, 2008

Chicago Public Schools Seeing Green

While there have been -- and continue to be -- numerous obstacles to greening the Chicago Public Schools system, Suzanne Carlson, the woman hired by the district to oversee its new Environmental Action Plan, tells us not to rule her out. Carlson recently unveiled a ...

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by Josh Kalven
11:16am
Fri Oct 10, 2008

CPS Unveils New Slate of Renaissance 2010 Schools

Forget the one-size-fits-all approach. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials have announced they're preparing to open a whole new slate of niche schools next year under the reform initiative Renaissance 2010. Most will aim to prepare students, particularly high ...
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by Angela Caputo
11:58am
Sat Sep 20, 2008

CPS' Duncan Renews Call For State Income Tax Hike

As state lawmakers head back to back to Springfield Monday for an overtime session to tackle ethics reform, Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan said they ought to add one more thing their to-do list: Take responsibility for funding public schools. The Chi-Town ...

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by Adam Doster
10:30am
Fri Aug 22, 2008

Report Details Education Funding Gaps

It's well-known that Illinois' education funding system creates widespread inequities due to a heavy dependence on property tax revenue. But how large are the gaps? The Chicago Reporter waded through the finances of 857 elementary, high school, and unit districts and found ...

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by Josh Kalven
6:03pm
Wed Aug 20, 2008

"We Just Want It Fixed"

The latest salvo in the movement to reform school funding in Illinois came today as the Chicago Urban League filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state and the Illinois Board of Education.  The suit argues that the property tax-based funding system is unconstitutional.  ...
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by Will Burns
2:56pm
Wed Aug 6, 2008

Towards An Equitable School Funding System

A guest column on Illinois' inequitable school funding system from State Rep. Will Burns (D-Chicago).

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by Adam Doster
4:04pm
Tue Mar 25, 2008

FAFSA Made EZ

Many folks in the Land of Lincoln were displeased with the recent announcement that the University of Illinois trustees are considering a proposal to boost tuition by 8 percent at its Champaign and Chicago campuses. The news also elicited possible solutions, some better ...

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