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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.


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

‘Ignore The Negativity’: 16 Chicago Valedictorians On Finishing High School In The COVID Era

Here, in their own words, the students describe how they got through these turbulent times and offer advice to their first-year selves.


2 Longtime CPS Librarians Fought Against Cuts For Years. Then They Were Fired: ‘The System Punishes The Loudest Voices’

Leslie Westerberg of Nixon Elementary and Nora Wiltse of Coonley Elementary are devastated their jobs were eliminated and worry their schools' libraries will sit empty next school year.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

West Town School Breaks Ground On Playground And Field After 15 Years Of Planning, Fundraising

The project at Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy is funded by a mix of city, state and Chicago Public Schools funding. Construction is expected to finish by mid-October.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Humboldt Park Pool Should Be Reopened To Public To Protect Neighbors From Heat, Violence, Residents Say

"It would give the kids and the people, the taxpayers, something to do and somewhere to go other than the corners and hanging out and doing bad stuff," one neighbor said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

‘Build The Wall’ Caption In Jones College Prep Yearbook Sharpied Out As School Council Calls For More Action From Officials

Teachers and students said the latest incident is part of an ongoing issue with racist and offensive incidents at the selective-enrollment school.

South Loop

Esteemed Northside Learning Center Principal Retires, But Won’t Stop Fighting For Mental Health And Special Education

The North Park school, which serves students 14-22 with intellectual disabilities, added a greenhouse, garden and student-run cafe under Karren Ray's leadership.

North Park

Whitney Young’s Sports Complex Was Supposed To Be For The Public. But West Loop Neighbors Are Locked Out

The Michelle Obama Sports Complex was hailed as a facility for "everybody." But neighbors say leaders are restricting public access by locking its field during public hours and charging fees to use the tennis courts.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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.


Chicago Police Officer, 2nd Person Shot In Traffic Stop On South Side

The officer was shot in his arm and torso, and is in "critical but stable" condition, Supt. David Brown said. Another officer, and a U.S. Marshal and K-9 also were shot in separate incidents in the last week.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Teachers Could Be Cut This Week, Union Leaders Say As They Protest Slashed CPS Budgets

About 23 percent of Chicago's public schools face budget cuts. Little Village will be hit particularly hard, teachers union leaders said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Retiring West Ridge Principal Pledges To Get Tattoo, Mohawk If Community Raises Money For New Schoolyard

Principal Jay Brandon is leaving after 11 years at Stone Academy. If the community can finish a fundraising campaign he started, he will get a tattoo of the school's mascot.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

‘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.


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.


Roosevelt High School In Albany Park Getting $5.8 Million In TIF Funds For Turf Soccer Field

The new field will be known as Centennial Field to mark the 100th anniversary of Roosevelt High as a neighborhood school, the principal said.

Albany Park

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. 


CPS Automatically Enrolled Students At Some West, South Side Schools Into JROTC, Watchdog Says. Now It Will Stop

Students at some CPS high schools were automatically enrolled in the military program and had to get themselves removed from it — a task that was not always possible.


Theater Teams With One Of Chicago’s Most Diverse Elementary Schools To Get Students To Open Up

The collaboration between Volta Elementary and the Albany Park Theater Project turns reluctant performers into confident stars by giving them a stage and a voice.

Albany Park

A/C Meltdown: 25 Chicago Public Schools Went Without Air Conditioning Last Week Amid Heat Wave

Teachers and students said they had to "tough it out" through high heat last week as CPS played catch-up on fixing air conditioning inside classrooms.

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