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City Colleges of Chicago bonds receive positive ratings from S&P, Fitch

City Colleges of Chicago has received favorable ratings from two major credit rating agencies on $250 million in bonds it plans to sell this week.

Standard & Poor’s gave an “AA stable” rating to the 35-year bonds that the seven-college system will issue to support its $555 million capital plan, according to a recent City Colleges press release. The bonds received an “AA- stable” rating from Fitch.

New CPS program offers training, tech jobs to undocumented immigrants

SIU president voices concern on education in Illinois, pitches pension fix

Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard spoke at a City Club luncheon on Wednesday about the future of higher education on both the state and national level.

Poshard was the first in five generations in his family to graduate from college and has three degrees from SIU. His parents, who both had only third grade educations, understood that “in order to break the cycle of poverty, their children had to get a good education.”


City Colleges rolling out finger-swipe timekeeping system

A new biometric attendance system being implemented throughout the City Colleges of Chicago is expected to trump the old timesheet system in efficiency. But some adjunct and part-time teachers feel that the system won’t work in their favor.

Catholic school enrollment up for first time since 1965

Brentano officials feel vindicated by bump in CPS performance rating

University of Chicago rises, Northwestern falls in world college ranking

Tdap vaccine shortage may affect Illinois schools

Board of Education moves forward with tentative CPS buildings plan

On Wednesday the Chicago Board of Education signed off on a 10-year outline for Chicago Public Schools facilities that includes expanding seats at selective enrollment schools and increasing science, technology, engineering and math –also known as STEM – programs.

Todd Babbitz, chief transformation officer for Chicago Public Schools, presented the facilities outline to the board and vowed that the plan would result in less overcrowding in neighborhood schools.  

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