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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

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.

Citywide

On Chicago’s First Day Of School, A Mix Of Enthusiasm And Jitters

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Pedro Martinez are hoping for a better year after two tumultuous ones navigating the pandemic’s massive disruption to learning.

Citywide

Amid Buzz For Career Training, Little Access For Chicago Teens At Alternative Schools

Only 40 percent of alternative high school students in Chicago graduate, and those who do can face bleak career prospects. As Chicago and other urban districts expand these programs, advocates worry alternative school students may be left out.

Citywide

It’s The First Day Of School In Chicago. Here’s What We’re Watching.

Two-and-a-half tumultuous years of shuttered buildings, quarantines, virtual learning and budget cuts have taken a toll on the city’s school system. 

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools Students Return To Class With Looser COVID-19 Rules

CPS will continue its mask-optional policy and school-based COVID-19 testing, but there is no quarantine requirement for students exposed to coronavirus, unless they test positive.

Citywide

Chicago Schools Started Removing Police Two Years Ago. What’s Happened Since?

CPS empowered local schools councils to make the decision to keep or remove police two years ago. Because the district has released few details about the impact, it’s hard to tell if a different approach to safety is working.

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Technology, Skyline Rollout Dominate Chicago Public Schools’ Federal Relief Vendor Spending

Chicago has so far spent the bulk of its COVID relief money on salaries and benefits, mostly for positions that existed before the pandemic hit.

Citywide

When It Comes To Athletic Trainers, Most Chicago Public Schools Athletes Miss Out

Just six CPS schools have money allotted for athletic trainers. All are on the North Side and serve a lower proportion of low-income students than the rest of the district.

Citywide

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.

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