While announcing a proposal to allow a state-appointed board to take over Chicago Public Schools, Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin say they're also considering a bankruptcy plan for the nation's third-largest district.
The ‘Freshman Connection’ program was cut in 2012, but now the mayor plans to tax tobacco products to reinstate it. He hopes doing so will bring graduation rates to 85 percent. Studies show freshman year is a strong indicator of whether a student will graduate from high school.
Dan Coyne, who lives in Evanston, was hired in 2002 when Chicago Public Schools waived the residency rule for school social workers. Former CPS CEO Ron Huberman granted Coyne a “lifetime waiver” -- or so Coyne thought. Last week, the board of education, under new leadership, voted to fire Coyne at the end of the school year.