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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

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

Jones College Prep Needs Leaders To Listen After Principal Removed Over Handling Of Student’s Nazi-Like Costume, Community Says

Longtime Principal Joseph Powers was removed after videos of a student goose-stepping in a Nazi-like uniform spread on social media. It is unclear if the student will be disciplined.

South Loop

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

Roberto Clemente High School Unveils ‘Vibrant’ New Library After Winning Contest

The school received thousands of votes in support of the makeover this summer. It got new books, shelves, furniture, a mural and more.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Lunch Staff Shortages Persist At CPS As One Of Its Top Schools Is Unable To Feed All Students For First Time

Whitney Young's cafeteria struggled with a one-day lunch food shortage for the first time. Staffing and supply chain issues have plagued schools across the district since last year.

Citywide

Daniel Boone Elementary Becomes Mosaic School Of Fine Arts — But A Nearby Nonprofit Already Has A Similar Name

The founder of the Chicago Mosaic School in Edgewater said the new name for the West Ridge public school could cause confusion.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Whitney Young Sports Complex Is Still Limiting Public Hours, Locking Out Residents, Park Neighbor Says

Whitney Young's principal says the missing signs advertising public hours for the facility are being replaced. But a local park leader said gates have been stayed locked for days.

West Loop

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

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

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

Old Irving Park’s Disney II High School Wants Mentors For Its Civics Education Program

Community and policy members active in urban planning and transportation, food insecurity, housing and public health are encouraged to sign up and be a mentor.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

South Side School Confronts A Wave Of Grief After Losing 2 Students To Gun Violence

More than 50 school-aged children were shot and killed and hundreds more were wounded in 2021. “They’re not just dealing with this in school. This is happening in their neighborhoods," one community organizer said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Former Little Village High School Administrator Raped A Student For Years, Prosecutors Say

Brian Crowder was charged with criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors said he abused a former student starting when she was 15 at Lawndale High School's Social Justice school.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

As Chicago Public Schools Open, Buses For Students With Special Needs Are Late, Slow Or No-Shows, Parents Say

CPS set a new Sept. 6 deadline to have bus routes for all special education students, many of whom started school this week. Some routes are two hours each way, parents said.

Citywide
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