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The Illinois State Board of Education recently made public the results of the 2015 5Essentials Survey, a compilation of responses from about 675,000 students and 103,000 teachers that reveals the strengths and weaknesses affecting school culture and atmosphere.

Find your school’s scores: Statewide survey of leadership, teachers, culture and atmosphere

The vast majority of schools are considered weak to mediocre in most areas that make for successful schools, a Tribune analysis found, such as how well principals are leading, teachers are collaborating and students are feeling safe and supported.

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And then there is State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who failed Laquan McDonald by taking 13 months to charge Officer Jason Van Dyke with murder. Perhaps Alvarez and her re-election team envisioned a photo op of her standing in a phalanx of feds including Attorney General Loretta Lynch and U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon as they announced civil rights charges in this case. Carol Marin

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12314627_1081826111858342_1321525117291832062_o Chicago. Michigan Avenue.  Black Friday, 2015. Photo credit: Frank James Johnson.

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“There was a joke for a long time that if you went into a museum, you’d think America had only two black artists — Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden — and even then, you wouldn’t see very much,” said Lowery Stokes Sims, the first African-American curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later the president of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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