Education policy experts will discuss the "freshman on-track: indicator, which is a program that looks to identify students who are not on track to graduate from high school early on as a means to rectify the situation.
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.
Members of the faculty union at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) hit the picket lines Tuesday as part of a two-day strike for a "fair and equitable" contract. Progress Illinois was there for the union's morning rally.
Jhatayn “Jay” Travis, who is challenging incumbent State Rep. Christian Mitchell in the 26th District Democratic primary, unveiled her education platform Wednesday morning flanked by public school parents, teachers and Chicago residents.
The group gathered in front of the now empty John Fiske Elementary school, located in Chicago’s West Woodlawn neighborhood. The school is one of 50 Chicago public schools that were shuttered last year.
“When schools close, the children in our neighborhoods lose,” said Travis, former executive director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. “Our communities lose viable institutions. We can no longer allow school closings to go forward.”