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CPS Launches Charter Renewal Process to Close Underperforming Charters and Retain High-Performers

Chicago – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced the process and timeline for its comprehensive review of the District’s charter school contract agreements that end on June 30, 2013. This process is governed by Illinois State School Code. All renewal recommendations will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for approval during the January 2013 Board meeting. Charter schools that do not meet ...

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Mayor Meets With Ed Gardner and Promises To Hire Blacks

By Chinta Strausberg In a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday, business icon Ed Gardner averted a mass protest on City Hall and emerged from the mayor’s office “some what optimistic” that African Americans will be included on construction sites throughout Chicago. Accompanied by his long-time friend and confidante, Carl McFerren, Gardner, who said last Saturday if he had not heard from the mayor he woul ...

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Parting of the Red sea – The Epic Saga of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union

By Shavon Bailey There is a war waging in Chicago between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), led by Karen Lewis and the Chicago Board of Education (Board), led by Mayor Rahm Emaunel of epic proportion.  Not in 25 years have we seen such a contentious battle between CTU and the Board.  Karen Lewis is the proverbial “Moses”, trying to lead her teachers (the Israelites) to the Promised Land; and Mayor Rahm Eman ...

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Comcast, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Civic And Community Leaders Kick Off Year Two Of the internet Essentials Program

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Comcast Executive Vice President, David L. Cohen, and civic and community leaders announced Wednesday, August 15, 2012 year two of Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption program designed to help close the digital divide among low-income Americans. In its first full year of availability, nearly 100,000 families, or 400,000 Americans, gained access t ...

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Mayor Emanuel Surprises DePriest Elementary Golden Apple Award

By: Ellyn Fortino Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise visit to Depriest Elementary School Thursday morning to deliver a Golden Apple Award honoring exceptional teaching to first-grade instructor Monique Blakes. Blakes is one out of three Chicago Public School teachers receiving the award, which recognizes outstanding educators. Seven more teachers throughout the state received the 2012 award. In addition to ...

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