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by Ellyn Fortino
5:28pm
Tue Oct 20, 2015

IFT President To Chicago School Board: Reject New Charter School Proposals

Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery wants the Chicago Board of Education to reject new charter school proposals that are currently under consideration by the cash-strapped school district. Proposals for as many as 13 new alternative and traditional charter schools could go up for a vote at next week's Chicago school board meeting.

Montgomery addressed the issue while speaking with reporters Tuesday after his speech before the City Club of Chicago on the topic of "school choice."

"I think they should be rejected," he said of the pending Chicago charter school applications. "I think they've got to get their house in order first and make sure that ... every other school in the city is getting all the things it needs before they start talking about diverting more resources to charter schools."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:41pm
Thu Sep 10, 2015

Minority, Low-Income Students Impacted The Most By College Debt, Report Shows

As the new school year gets underway, here are some troubling facts about student debt: minority and low-income students are borrowing at higher rates to attend college, and they're more likely to become indebted dropouts than their white and wealthier peers.

That's according to a recent report on college student borrowing by race and income from Demos, a progressive public policy organization. The research comes as the issues of college affordability and student debt emerge as hot campaign topics in the 2016 presidential race.

"While college is commonly regarded as a key tool to move up the economic ladder, we have created a system based almost entirely on acquiring debt to get ahead, with no regard to how it would impact different communities," report author and Demos senior policy analyst Mark Huelsman said in a statement. "This system is essentially pushing students of color and low-income students even farther down the ladder, adding an additional level of risk that previous generations did not take on when paying for college, and saddling them with additional disadvantages as they enter the workforce."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
11:39pm
Wed Jul 22, 2015

U.S. House Budget Bill Seeks Deep Cuts To Education, Labor & Health Programs

Progress Illinois takes a closer look at a U.S. House budget bill covering the departments of labor, health and human services (HHS) and education. The House Appropriations Committee advanced the spending measure last month.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
10:36pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Consumer Protection Agency Probing Student Loan Services; Researchers Analyze Borrowing At For-Profit Colleges

On the heels of new research detailing trends in student loan burdens at for-profit colleges, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched a public inquiry earlier this month into student loan servicing practices. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:50pm
Mon Apr 27, 2015

Illinois Legislature Poised To Reform School Discipline Policies

Last week, the Illinois Senate passed legislation that would reform school discipline policies. Progress Illinois takes a look at the pending bill, now under consideration in the Illinois House, and the problems it aims to address.

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