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by Aricka Flowers
Thu Feb 27, 2014

Battle Brewing Between CPS, Teachers Over ISAT Boycott (UPDATED)

The Chicago Public Schools district appears to be intent on disciplining educators that boycott the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), which is scheduled to be administered next week. 

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sent a note to principals warning that teachers who fail to administer the test could lose their state education certification, adding that the teachers should be ordered to leave the school building if they do not give the test to their students.

“The Chicago Board of Education will discipline any employee who encourages a student not to take the ISAT or who advocates against the ISAT on work time for insubordination and for any disruption of the educational process,” Byrd-Bennett reportedly stated in the letter, according to the newspaper.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Feb 20, 2014

Cook Co. Board Hopefuls Tout Endorsements At Candidate Forum; Boykin Fires Back At Residency Concerns

Candidates running in the crowded West Side Democratic primary race for Cook County commissioner had a chance to make their pitch to voters at a candidate forum Wednesday night. Progress Illinois provides some of the highlights from the event.