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Chicago Board Of Education Approves $9.4 Billion Budget For 2022-23

It's a $200 million increase over the previous year’s budget. But parents and union leaders say schools are still not getting what they need to address academic and mental health fallout from the pandemic.

Citywide

Chicago Delays Plan For New Near South Side High School Amid Mounting Concerns

The proposal would put a high school where the Harold Ickes Homes once stood near 24th and State streets. 

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Early Results From This Spring’s State Test Suggest Chicago Students Are Still Struggling

Just 15 percent of the district’s third through eighth graders who took the test this spring met state standards in math, and a fifth of students met standards in English language arts.

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At One High-Needs Chicago High School, The Class That Bore The Brunt Of COVID’s Toll Graduates

“Keeping it real: You have been cheated,” Richards principal Ellen Kennedy told graduates. “This pandemic robbed you of so many of the high school experiences you so richly deserve.” 

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools Unveils Updated $9.5 Billion Budget For Upcoming School Year

Public hearings on the budget start next week and the Chicago school board will vote on the spending plan at its June 22 meeting.

Citywide

‘A Glaring Concern’: Chicago’s Support Staff Substitute Pool Stretched Thin Amid Pandemic

The district’s special education classroom assistant substitute pool has been stretched thin.

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools Requires Masks At 1 School, 20 Other Classrooms As COVID Cases Increase

Chicago Public Schools cases have increased in recent weeks, surpassing what it saw at its previous peak during the Omicron surge.

Citywide

Stacy Davis Gates Elected Chicago Teachers Union President

The incumbent leadership group known as Caucus of Rank and File Educators will retain power over the Chicago Teachers Union for another three years, but they face growing opposition.

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The Chicago Teachers Union Votes On Its Leadership Friday. What’s At Stake?

A mayoral election and a transition to an elected school board loom during the next CTU leadership’s three-year term, with the potential to redraw an often combative relationship with the city. 

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‘We Deserve It’: After Two Years Of COVID Upheaval, Chicago Teens Are Ready For Prom

This spring for students across Chicago, prom — the perennial cornerstone of that final stretch before graduation — doubles as a milestone on the way to reclaiming a measure of normalcy.

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools CEO Tests Positive For COVID-19

Martinez, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, is experiencing mild symptoms. He began experiencing cold-like symptoms on Wednesday before testing positive on Thursday.

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TikTok Videos And Teacher Calls: How A South Side Chicago School Increased Vaccine Uptake

In December, only 5.4 percent of Dunne students were fully vaccinated. But in the past few months, the school has seen an increase in uptake to 42.3 percent, close to CPS' overall average.

Roseland, Pullman

Chicago’s Virtual Academy Will Return This Fall, But Little Is Known After Its 1st Year: ‘It’s Been A Black Box’

Some have questioned the curriculum, and others say the Virtual Academy isn't providing enough support for English language learners or meeting the needs of children with disabilities. 

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In Chicago, A New Push To Steer More Young Men Of Color Into Teaching

Fewer than 4 percent of CPS teachers are Black men, and fewer than 5 percent are Latino men, in a district where students of color comprise around 90 percent of enrollment.

Citywide

Amid Pushback On School Budget Cuts, Chicago Schools Chief Promises More Communication

After two years of steep enrollment losses magnified by the pandemic, the district proposed cutting budgets at 40 percent of schools, while the remainder could see comparable or increased funding.

Citywide

Chicago Teachers Union, Parents Blast Steep Budget Cuts To Little Village School: ‘We Cannot Take Another Cut’

Zapata Academy was slated to lose about 13 percent of its budget next fall — a cut that could claim eight teaching positions and a preschool classroom. The district has since said it will reverse a portion of this cut.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Which Education Bills Made It Through The Illinois Legislature?

Sick days for mental health and getting more substitute teachers into classrooms are some of the bills approved in Springfield.

Citywide

Chicago Leaders Announce 15,000 Summer Jobs For Teens And Young Adults

Jobs, volunteer opportunities and arts programs will be available at Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries and other city agencies.

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Illinois Lawmakers Pass Budget With More Money For Schools, Tax Relief For Families

The budget package also includes a “Back to School” tax relief for families and teachers for school supplies and clothing items.

Citywide

Budget Cuts Hit Pandemic-Weary Chicago Elementary Schools

Advocates fear the cuts could undermine efforts to recover from the pandemic and thrust once-bustling campuses into a cycle of staff and program cuts that trigger more family defections. 

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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