A day in the life of a veteran CPS principal

On November 20, Dana Butler started his workday as a Chicago principal a little after 4 a.m., when he began checking text messages, emails and Twitter updates. Catalyst caught up with him several hours later and then shadowed him until he headed back home. Catalyst shares his long day at Ruiz Elementary School in Pilsen as the issue of principal leadership again takes the stage in CPS.

Comings & Goings: Ostro, Hawley, Allen

Chicago Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Ginger Ostro is leaving CPS to become executive director of Advance Illinois, while Theresa Hawley has stepped down from her position as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development.

Loyola extends hand to low-income students

Loyola University Chicago is seeking to answer a key question: How can private colleges better target and serve the growing number of poor students, who typically cannot afford Loyola and other schools like it? The school’s answer is Arrupe College, a highly structured two-year program that aims to provide a sturdy on-ramp for high school graduates to eventually enroll in a four-year college or university.