School boards

Illinois legislature approved a measure giving themselves more time to draw Chicago’s school board districts. Once signed by the governor, the deadline will move from July 1, 2023 to April 1, 2024 — seven months before the first elections on November 5, 2024.
Districts for the soon-to-be-elected Chicago Board of Education must be drawn by July 1, but lawmakers could finalize a map in the coming days. Those who spoke at the latest public hearing rejected the current proposal, saying it is rushed and does not represent public school families, which are mostly Latino.
Illinois lawmakers are tasked with drawing Chicago’s elected school board map by July 1. Advocates want to see state officials ensure that Latino families are fairly represented and able to vote for school board members.
The proposal divides the city into 20 districts, seven majority white, seven majority Black, and six majority Latino. It’s based on the city’s population, which is 33% white, not the school district’s, which is 46.5% Latino and 36% Black.
The board will go from seven members appointed by the mayor to 10 elected and 11 appointed. By 2027, a full-elected 21-member school board will be in place.
Two years after Gov. J.B Pritzker signed Chicago’s elected school board bill into law, it’s time for the general assembly to draw new district maps. Advocates and educators want the district mapped in a way that ensures representation for the Black and Latino students who attend CPS.
EduLog, which previously worked with Chicago schools, will provide transportation planning and bus routing for Chicago students.
A push to remove police from Chicago schools intensified after the murder of George Floyd in 2020.
Miquel A. Lewis, a current acting director of Probation Services at the Cook County Juvenile Probation department, is replacing Sendhil Revuluri, who stepped down at the end of last year.
The vote is the latest blow to the nationally recognized charter network. Last month, Chicago Public Schools moved to take over the charter’s two South Side campuses.
Urban Prep leaders blasted the vote by CPS board members and claimed long-standing unfair treatment by the district.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker names Steven Isoye, former teacher, principal, and superintendent from Chicago suburbs, to chair Illinois state board of education
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.
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.
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 only spent 12%, or $62.9 million, on a program to address the pandemic’s academic and mental health harms.
Chicago Public Schools has traditionally started after Labor Day weekend, but will now align its academic year with other suburban districts, local colleges, and universities.
Under a proposed calendar, the 2022-2023 academic year would kick off on Aug. 22 and end on June 7.
Despite providing services for 715 students with disabilities since the last board meeting, CPS still has more than 1,000 general education students without reliable transportation to school.
This is the first time CPS families have been invited to weigh in on the calendar, which would keep the academic year similar to the 2021-22 year or move the start date a week early.
Months into the new year, 3,800 students are still without reliable bus service.
Dozens of speakers, testifying at the state board’s first in-person meeting after a one-month break, urged the board to reconsider the mask mandate it issued earlier this month.
The debate over whether Chicago should embrace an elected school board has a new twist: A mayor-backed proposal for a hybrid board that would continue to give City Hall influence.
The Illinois State Board of Education said Thursday during a monthly board meeting that an estimated 35,822 students, or 1.9%, left public schools this year.
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The bill would have established a 21-member board of education in Chicago starting in 2023.
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