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Urban Prep Students Could Be Moved To New Buildings Under CPS Takeover

CPS spokespeople said district leaders have not made any final decisions, but officials told parents otherwise. Urban Prep's leaders want the state to block CPS' move to gain oversight of the Englewood and Bronzeville campuses.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicago Public Schools’ Application Deadline Is Next Week. Here’s What You Need To Know

Chicago Public Schools has tried to simplify the process for going to a school that’s different from your assigned neighborhood school.

Citywide

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.

Downtown

Chicago Public Schools Is Monitoring Students’ Social Media For ‘Worrisome Behavior’

A Canada-based company the district hired started scouring public posts for threats and “cries for help” last month.

Citywide

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.

Downtown

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

More Chicago City Colleges Students To Get Mentoring, ‘Wraparound’ Support

The four-year expansion effort will be funded through City Colleges, the Pritzker Foundation, One Million Degrees and other private philanthropy. 

Citywide

MacKenzie Scott Donates Nearly $50 Million To Public Schools In Chicago

Chicago Public Schools received $25 million, the Noble Network of Charter Schools got $16 million, and LEARN Charter School Network will see $7 million. The grants have no restrictions.

Citywide

Chicago Schools Attendance Continued To Decline Last Year

The largest declines happened in the city’s charter schools and district-run campuses with majority Black student populations.

Citywide

Push To Get Chicago Public Schools Officials To Appear Regularly At City Council Fails

The measure would've temporarily withheld city money for some school projects if CPS officials didn’t show up. They rarely appear before aldermen in public meetings now.

Citywide

Nearly 3,700 Migrants Have Been Bused To Chicago From Texas. 425 Are School-Aged Children

“We’re talking about an unfolding humanitarian crisis of children and families who arrive with no shoes. That is on the daily at our schools and we’re supposed to make do?” a bilingual coordinator at a Humboldt Park school said.

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools May Take On More Costs As It Breaks Away From Mayoral Control, Report Says

CPS may be responsible for things like water bills, rent, summer programs and increased pension contributions — possibly adding up to tens of millions of dollars a year. 

Citywide

Student ‘Peace Warriors’ At Chicago’s West Side Schools Spread Message Of Nonviolence

The program trains students to mediate conflicts, support grieving classmates and bring peace and happiness to school by greeting peers at the front door and leaving celebratory birthday notes on lockers.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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.

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools Slated To Revoke Urban Prep’s Charters

The schools have been beset by financial trouble and allegations of sexual misconduct from its founder, who resigned in August. CPS wants to keep the Englewood and Bronzeville campuses open under district management.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

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.

Citywide

The Chicago Housing Authority Keeps Giving Up Valuable Land While HUD Rubber-Stamps The Deals

Despite being years behind on obligations to build more homes, the city’s public housing agency gets permission to sell, lease and swap its property in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Citywide

Chicago’s Military Education Chief Quietly Resigned After ‘Systemic Failures’ Involving Student Sex Abuse

Col. Daniel L. Baggio signed a severance agreement in March after an investigation by the school district’s watchdog exposed “systemic failures” regarding his oversight of JROTC. 

Citywide

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.

Citywide
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