Chicago officials convened groups to revisit two controversial issues in education, school budgeting and school ratings, before coronavirus disrupted plans. Here Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to reporters in March about the abrupt decision to close schools in response to the pandemic.Cassie Walker Burke/Chalkbeat Chicago

Chicago Says It Will Reform School Budgeting. Can Efforts Survive A Pandemic?

In a moment of historical financial uncertainty, how reform will get done — and what cuts it could mean in other places — only underscores how difficult it is to revisit school funding in a city that has faced chronic school budget deficits.

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Art West Freedom Fest Begins Sunday, Showcasing West Side Talent

The festival will feature artists, performers and entrepreneurs to showcase creative opportunities on the West Side.

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As Chicago Makes Headway On School Council Transparency, Some Say It Doesn’t Go Far Enough

CPS pledged to centrally track basic meeting information on cops in schools votes, but they aren't collecting meeting times or links to virtual meetings that are essential to public participation.