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Chicago teachers will be on strike Monday

The Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement Sunday, hours before a strike deadline of midnight. Chicago Public Schools will therefore be closed tomorrow, except for contingency centers, where students can report.



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National Blue Ribbon 2012: 21 Illinois schools

The US Education Department announced the winners of the National Blue Ribbon Friday. In Illinois, 21 schools made the list, including two high schools, both public high schools in Chicago, and eight private schools. Here’s the list.


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Host school contingency sites if Chicago teachers strike

The Chicago Public Schools have released a contingency plan to make sure students are accommodated in the event of a teachers strike on Monday. The plan includes 144 “host schools” or “contingency centers” as well as several faith-based organizations, mostly churches.


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Another superintendent out at North Chicago

It’s a revolving door at the superintendent’s office for North Chicago Unit School District 187, now in takeover by the Illinois State Board of Education. The latest leader, the 15th since 1991, is Ben Martindale.




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California schools to train very young Netizens

As more children are going online, encouraged by parents, teachers, and so on, the topic of cyberbullying is in the news more and more. And a new curriculum from a California nonprofit can help navigate the online world of 8-year-olds.