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What the state says is needed to correct violations in Chicago Public Schools’ special education program.

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New Trier High School in Winnetka. (Wikimedia Commons)

Despite regularly placing on “best schools” lists, New Trier High School did not earn a nod last week from U.S. News & World Report. How those rankings are determined – and why some high-performing schools get left out.

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State education officials have recommended additional oversight of special education policies at Chicago Public Schools after finding the district violated federal law.

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In its latest rankings, U.S. News & World Report tabbed Chicago’s Lane Tech High School as the third-best public high school in Illinois. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools once again claims the top spots on an annual list of the state’s best public high schools. Which schools made the cut.

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Chicago Public Schools gets a $14 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the nonprofit started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

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Chicago Public Schools officials say they’re focused on getting their school buildings cleaned after a recent round of inspections revealed “troubling and concerning” issues.

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks about the district budget on April 17, 2018.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson is asking for community support as the district attempts to fix “systemic problems” with its special education programming.

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CPS CEO Janice Jackson talks with us about school funding and investigations into special education and school cleanliness. 

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“If you look at the budget that we rolled out today, there are two themes. Number one: equity, and the other one is stability for schools,” Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said on April 17, 2018.

For the first time in recent years, CPS principals don’t have to wait until summer to start planning for their next school year.

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The achievement gap between white and minority students within Chicago Public Schools has shrunk, according to a national assessment, but the shift wasn’t caused by higher student scores.

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Eighth graders in Chicago Public Schools will find out Friday afternoon what high schools they’ve been matched with as part of the district’s new online application system.

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CEO Tim Cook: CPS among most diverse, forward-thinking school districts

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Chicago's Lane Tech High School.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had nothing but praise for the city of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools during one of the company’s signature product reveals Tuesday morning in Roscoe Village.

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The Board of Education voted Wednesday to add STEM-focused magnet programs at Brown, Claremont and Jungman elementary schools beginning this fall.

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(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Community organizers opposing a new wave of school closures criticized Chicago’s pursuit of landing Amazon’s second headquarters, saying minority residents are being pushed aside to make way for the tech giant.

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State education officials interested in examining Chicago Public Schools’ special education offerings will hold open hearings this month after families, stakeholders and a media report stoked concerns last year of possible “systemic issues.”

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Students at Lake View High School joined their peers across the city and the nation Wednesday in a walkout protest demanding an end to gun violence. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Thousands of students from Chicago schools, including Lake View High School, joined in the nationwide protest held one month after a shooting left 17 dead inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.