Q & A: Chicago Public Schools’ academic chief on pandemic recovery and her goal to rethink the status quo
Bogdana Chkoumbova, the district’s chief education officer, spoke about her plan to help students bounce back academically.
Illinois education advocates gathered for a press conference on Tuesday morning to pressure the state to add more money to the state’s evidence-based funding formula to fully fund schools by 2027.
Vaccine mandates, greener schools, mental health supports are among Chicago teachers union recommendations
The University of Chicago compared COVID-era grades to those before the pandemic. High schoolers fared better than elementary school students.
After pausing in June, CPS will lay the groundwork during Wednesday’s board meeting for a controversial high school with critical votes to buy a $10 million property and spend another $5 million to plan the project.
State Rep. Kambium “Kam” Buckner outlined a platform for Chicago Public Schools that looks to tackle the district’s school funding model, staffing, and universal preschool for all 3-year-olds.
North Chicago will start transition to an elected school board in 2025, with a fully elected board in 2027
North Chicago SD 187 will transition to a fully elected school board by 2027. The state board of education decided on Wednesday that it was necessary to slowly transition the district to an elected school board with a few seats going up for election in 2025.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker names Steven Isoye, former teacher, principal, and superintendent from Chicago suburbs, to chair Illinois state board of education
As more young children get vaccinated, Illinois will no longer require unvaccinated school and child care employees to test for COVID twice a week.
After hovering around 45% last spring, the average school is 39% fully vaccinated at the start of the new school year.
Two new student teacher programs at Chicago Public Schools and DePaul University received federal grants aimed at addressing educator shortages.
Chicago met its Tuesday deadline to get buses for 1,200 students. But the district is facing pressure from parents and advocates to make routes shorter.
Illinois is set to receive $760 million over the next 18 years after winning a lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. Law enforcement officials want part of the money to go to early childhood programs.
Following two shootings last fall, Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy was flooded with crisis counselors but that soon faded — leaving some calling for long-term support to heal from the trauma.
The Illinois state board of education announced eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals as federal nutrition waivers expire.
The district said 93.4% of students showed up on the first day of school this year. Last year, 91% did and in 2020, just 84% logged on for a virtual first day.
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Chicago’s Local School Councils, a facet of local school governance since 1989, vote on school budgets, approve the school academic plan, and select and evaluate principals.
COVID-19 cases among students and staff increase during the first week of classes as restrictions are looser and a highly contagious variant circulates.
Prompted by a parent who saw a dumpster full of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima,” National Teachers Academy educators are teaching about the country’s fraught history with nuclear energy.
The district is aiming to provide bus routes after Labor Day for 1,200 Chicago students still without transportation, before working to shorten trips.
Chicago schools CEO Pedro Martinez says his efforts to “reimagine” learning in the district will begin with a push to reinvest in neighborhood schools.
North Chicago may transition back to an elected school board, state officials say. It’s unclear when.
A decade after Illinois took over North Chicago School District 187, the state board of education says it is looking into transitioning the district to an elected school board. The question still remains when it will happen.
Chicago district leaders will face staffing shortages, bus issues, and pandemic-related academic and mental health shortfalls in another high-stakes year.
Advocates for Chicago’s alternative high school students say career training can be a lifeline on second-chance campuses.
Enrollment declines, staffing challenges and student mental health loom large after 2½ tumultuous pandemic years, but officials promise one of the “best years yet.”
Mask optional policy and school-based testing continue, but no quarantine requirement for students unless they test positive
The country’s third-largest district is setting out to upgrade its career offerings. It contends with uneven access and little data on student outcomes.
Despite high voter turnout — largely buoyed by student voters — many of Chicago’s Local School Councils still have open seats. Data shows schools on the South and West Side account for the majority of unfilled seats.
Andie Townhouse discovered yellowing, irrelevant books at the West Side high school’s library. She’s bringing fresh reads — and much more.
Chicago schools CEO Pedro Martinez said his three-year vision for the district encompasses 10 initiatives to usher “the future of education.”
The charter network has long positioned itself as a direct path to college. Now, amid serious allegations involving its founder, Urban Prep’s future remains unclear.
After facing pressure to shift from punitive to restorative practices, Chicago Public Schools is making changes and reducing the number of police at schools, but details on how things are shaping up are hard to come by.
As Illinois schools open, the state has adopted recent federal public health guidelines for COVID that ease quarantines and testing of students.
Just six public high schools in Chicago have athletic trainers. All are on the more affluent North Side and serve fewer low-income students than the rest of the district.
Illinois advocates raise concerns about low wages, lack of job security, and increased burnout for after-school workers that could lead to a staff shortage.
The district has spent about $156.6 million so far on payments to more than 1,000 outside vendors.
Ahead of the school year, Chicago Public Schools is encouraging families to sign up for its preschool program, which has thousands of open seats.
The seven campuses in the LEARN Charter School Network began the school year on Monday, two weeks before Chicago Public Schools. The network usually starts in early August.
Culinary camp is among dozens of summer programs offered by Chicago Public Schools. The district enrolled more than 90,000 students, but some programs struggled to serve as many children as they hoped.
According to the Illinois board of education’s funding formula, Chicago will receive a smaller than expected share of new state education funding this year.
Backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies will see a reduced tax rate for the next two weeks.
The state overpaid Chicago Public Schools $87.5 million between 2019 and 2022. Now, the district must pay $11 million annually through 2030.
Illinois children between 6 months and 5 years old are now eligible for COVID vaccinations. Will child care centers return to normal this fall?
After busing shortages plagued Chicago schools last year, the school board passed measures to prioritize students with need and added new contracts.
As most Chicago high schools have moved away from police officers on campus, 40 schools will have at least one officer on campus this fall.
Chicago’s school board will vote Wednesday to renew its COVID testing contract with Fisher Scientific for another $85 million. The district initially awarded the company $60 million to run its optional testing program last year, but costs grew to $80 million.