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.
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.

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Highland Park families turned to schools for grief counseling after a mass shooting in the suburb north of Chicago.
Chicago Public Schools says a program for deaf students at Chase Elementary is not closing, but parents and teachers remain concerned about its future after uncertainty over continuing enrollment.
More than $102,000 has been raised to help Dever Elementary teacher Zoe Kolpack and her family. She, her husband, her father, and her brother-in-law were shot.
A settlement will ensure that families of children with disabilities be provided with language interpretation services in Chicago during planning meetings.
COVID vaccines for children under 5 are finally available. In the first week, more than 2,000 Chicagoans have gotten shots.
Local students are helping Chicago voters cast ballots for the primary election by working as election judges through Mikva Challenge.
The approved budget includes $8 billion in operational expenses, $645 million in school building improvements, and $769 million to pay off debt.
CPS officials said the authorization will allow the district to be nimble and prepared for unexpected purchases.
Board members and community members have raised concerns around community engagement and adverse impacts on other schools in the face of CPS enrollment declines.
Chicago’s graduating seniors were in their sophomore year of high school when schools shuttered in 2020. They reflect here on their experiences of going to school during the COVID era.
The COVID vaccines will be available after authorization from the Food and Drug Administration Friday and expected approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Chicago officials said the district provided results to schools early to help plan instruction, but they are still preliminary.
Two Richards Career Academy cousins Chalkbeat Chicago followed through the school year graduate — and reflect on how the pandemic reshaped their post-high school plans.
A look at the challenges Chicago Public Schools faced trying to meet student needs.
My anxiety accompanied me back to school, making this whole school year one big transition.
The budget restored about $24 million in funding, including $14 million for special education following criticism from parent groups, union leaders, and elected officials.
The district will resume testing for summer school starting July 6, and will offer testing during the upcoming school year.
Joyce Chapman will fill the long-standing vacancy and complete the Chicago school board. She will serve starting June 1 through June 30, 2023.
As part of a Chicago Public Schools film project, in partnership with other groups, students at four high schools seek to elevate the voices of young people.
This will be the third year the district will chip in for its employees’ pensions, an expense the city has previously handled.
The district has expanded its pool of classroom assistant subs, but the bulk of requests for backup still go unfilled.
The masking requirement at Oscar Mayer Magnet School and 20 classrooms comes as Chicago Public Schools cases have increased in recent weeks, surpassing the mid-January omicron surge.
Caucus of Rank and File Educators, which has led the Chicago Teachers Union for a decade, received 56 percent of votes cast.
The Illinois state board of education decided on Wednesday not to make changes to the current end-of year assessment for now.
Chicago Teachers Union members will choose between three leadership slates with very different visions for the coming years.
An investigation found that Chicago Public Schools students at small, majority Black and Latino high schools were funneled to JROTC.
Pedro Martinez, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, was experiencing mild cold-like symptoms after testing positive on Thursday.