Chicago Public Schools

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted 4-3 to buy nearly two acres as part of a land swap agreement with the Chicago Housing Authority for the proposed site of a new high school.
Vaccine mandates, greener schools, mental health supports are among Chicago teachers union recommendations
Career academies, community hubs, incubators for democracy: Chicago Public Schools eyes new models for small South and West Side high schools.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The state overpaid Chicago Public Schools $87.5 million between 2019 and 2022. Now, the district must pay $11 million annually through 2030.
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.
With mental health issues increasing, Chicago students welcome a break from stress at school.
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