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University of Chicago to offer free, not-for-credit online courses

Byrd-Bennett stresses community involvement in CPS plan for future

Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett presented a five-year “district action plan” on Monday that repeatedly emphasized a “shared responsibility” to create successful CPS students between parents, community members, and a range of for-profit and non-profit institutions.

“We need to draw on all of the resources of our city and its people,” Byrd-Bennett said during a speech at Westinghouse College Prep on the Near West Side.

Principal at top-ranked Northside Prep leaving for the 'burbs

CPS close to eliminating $1 billion budget hole

CPS releases individual schools' 2013-14 budgets

Construction contracts inked for new Malcolm X campus

The City Colleges of Chicago board approved on Thursday a set of key contracts relating to the construction of a new Malcolm X College campus. The board’s actions come one day after the Chicago City Council signed off on the development plan for the community college campus.

Among the measures board members approved on Thursday was a three-year, $7 million contract for Jacobs Construction Management to organize the construction project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2016.

Potential names for the new McPier arena

Quinn adviser tapped to head board of higher ed

Summer program to connect students from CPS closing and welcoming schools

The Chicago Park District is planning a summer initiative to connect children who attend soon-to-be shuttered CPS schools with students from the schools they will be enrolled in this fall, announced district General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly on Tuesday.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Kelly said that as part of the program, the district will invite children and principals from both the schools slated for closure and their “welcoming schools” to nearby parks to give students an opportunity to meet one another before the start of the school year.

Chicago Teachers Union fears hundreds of jobs lost with school closings