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Mauricio Peña, Chalkbeat Chicago

Chicago Public Schools Is Paying $4 Million To Help Fix Its Bus Woes

Chicago Public Schools provides transportation for over 17,000 students. Hundreds of students have commutes longer than an hour.


Chicago Schools Poised To Vote On Keeping Police On Campuses

There are 59 police officers stationed across 40 Chicago public schools. Each school will convene a safety committee before local school councils vote by June 2 on keeping officers in schools, officials said.


Comparing Chicago’s 2023 Mayoral Candidates On 5 Key Education Issues

The next mayor will be the last to have control of the school district before it transitions to being governed by an elected school board. The runoff election is April 4.


Mayoral Hopeful Paul Vallas Brings Complicated Chicago Public Schools Legacy

While Vallas has touted his education record, his opponents say he helped create Chicago schools’ current financial problems.


Meet The Chicago Educator Who Is A Finalist For Illinois Teacher Of The Year

Anne Gray, a veteran music teachers at Franklin Fine Arts Center in Near North Side, is among 13 finalists for the statewide honor.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

In A Chicago Choir Class, Grammy-Nominated Teacher Creates ‘Daily Magic’

Trevor Nicholas is nominated for 2023 Grammy Music Educator Award — his second year in a row as a finalist for the honor.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Where Do The Candidates For Chicago Mayor Stand On Education? We Asked Them 10 Questions

The new or returning mayor will appoint a school district CEO and seven school board members to oversee the district, its $9.5 billion budget, 635 schools and the education of 322,000 children.  


9 People Are Running For Chicago Mayor. Here’s A Look At Their Education Records

All nine candidates have some tie to Chicago Public Schools and will face numerous challenges in the district if they are elected the city's next mayor.


Chicago Principals A Step Closer To Unionizing As Bill Moves To Illinois Governor’s Desk

Chicago’s principals have been unable to unionize because they were considered managerial employees under state law.


Chicago Public Schools Doesn’t Track COVID Boosters For Students, Staff

Chicago’s practice of not keeping tabs on updated booster vaccination by schools comes as parts of the country are experiencing an uptick in COVID-19.


As COVID Cases Rise, Chicago Students Encouraged To Get Vaccinated, Wear Masks Over Break

“It’s a complicated time knowing that this is respiratory virus season, and that that surge that is coming is likely to hit across the whole city,” the city's health commissioner said.


Chicago Aldermen Give OK To $8 Million In TIF Funding To Buy Land For A Near South Side High School

The plan for the school on the former Harold Ickes Homes site has angered some residents and housing advocates who want the CHA to rebuild housing torn down more than a decade ago.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Urban Prep Loses Charter Agreement For Last Chicago Campus

The move to close its Downtown campus marks the latest blow to the charter network that specializes in serving Black boys on Chicago’s South and West Sides.


Fate Of Urban Prep’s Third Campus In The Hands Of Illinois Board of Education

The move comes after the Chicago Board of Education voted to end its charter agreement with Urban Prep to operate two other campuses in Bronzeville and Englewood.


How High School Students In Little Village Are Helping Freshmen Catch Up

Infinity High school’s free tutoring program was run by two teachers. Then a group of juniors stepped up to pitch in.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago School Board Moves To Take Over Urban Prep, Once-Lauded Charter Serving Black Boys

The campuses in Englewood and Bronzeville will remain open under CPS management, officials said. The district plans to keep teachers and staff at the school.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicago’s 4-Year High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High

The graduation rate increased to 82.9 percent last year, up nearly 3 percent from the 2020-21 school year.


All School-Age Children Can Get Extra Protection Against COVID-19

Chicago Public Schools’ vaccine sites will offer the updated vaccine this week. The district will alert families when the bivalent booster is available to 5- to 11-year-olds.


Chicago Public Schools No Longer Nation’s Third Largest District

After 11 years of declining enrollment, Chicago Public Schools now serves 322,106 children, making it the nation’s fourth largest district after Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which serves 324,961 students.


Chicago Schools See COVID Vaccination Rates Backslide With A Wave Of New Students

The average school vaccination rate is 39.6 percent across all schools. Rates remain the lowest at predominantly Black schools on the South and West sides, according to a data analysis by Chalkbeat.

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