Articles By Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago
Chicago has lost 54,100 public school children in the past decade. That has left 145 district-run schools less than half-full, according to new capacity data.
A swim coach reaped nearly $30,000 in payments from three outside groups for the off-the-books rental of a school pool over three years.
Six Chicago high schools are less than 10 percent full — and three are over 144 percent full, according to new CPS numbers.
The district said implementing pay changes for tens of thousands of teachers requires complicated changes to its data systems and will take time.
The final margin was 81 percent to 19 percent with 80 percent of schools reporting late Friday.
Only 146 schools received a Level 1-plus compared to 185 the year prior.
School could reopen Thursday only if bargaining suddenly accelerates toward agreement, which appears unlikely.
“We’re not close to where we need to be on the big issues,” said Deputy Mayor Sybil Madison. “We will return tomorrow and work diligently to close the divide.”
Hopes appear to dim for reaching any resolution by the end of the week.