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Pedro Martinez

CPS Faces Dwindling Enrollment, Empty Buildings, Soaring Deficits Decade After Mass Closure Of Schools

Top public officials are vowing improvements as the district marks the 10th anniversary of its decision to close 49 schools.


Lincoln Park Gets New Preschool Across From Zoo For 200 Students

The preschool across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo briefly stalled in 2021 after some neighbors complained about added traffic in the area.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

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

After Principal’s Ouster, Jones College Prep Students Stage Sit-In To Combat Racism On Campus

CPS removed Principal Joseph Powers after video surfaced of a student goose-stepping in a Nazi-like costume during the school's Halloween parade.

South Loop

Jones College Prep Principal Removed After Halloween Parade With Student Goose-Stepping In Nazi-Like Uniform

The incident was "completely inconsistent with our values as a school district," CPS CEO Pedro Martinez told parents Friday. Arthur Slater will take over Joseph Powers' post immediately.

South Loop

CPS Approves Land Deal For Near South Side High School — But State Rep Vows To Kill Key Funding

The land deal was approved despite opposition from residents who say the $120 million school will siphon students away from predominately Black neighborhood schools, deepening racial divides.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Harriet Tubman Elementary Celebrates After Marquee Unveiled With New Name

Hundreds of students gathered in front of Harriet Tubman Elementary's new sign Monday, celebrating the school's name change to honor the famous abolitionist. "It makes me proud to be part of this school."

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

CPS Prepared To Switch To Remote Learning In City’s Least-Vaccinated Areas If Classroom Cases Spike

The district will evaluate COVID-19 cases "school by school, classroom by classroom" starting Jan. 3, when students are slated to return to school, CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said.


New CPS CEO Says He’ll Address Staffing Shortages And Transportation Issues For Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities are still having trouble difficulty getting reliable transportation, and special education assistants have been pulled from classrooms because of staff shortages.


New Chicago Schools CEO Pedro Martinez Got A Pay Bump — And Will Outearn His Predecessor

Martinez's contract extends through June 2026. The school board votes Wednesday to formally appoint him.


6 Things To Know About Pedro Martinez, Chicago’s Next Schools Chief

The oldest of 10 children, Martinez grew up in Chicago, attended Benito Juarez High and has three sisters teaching in Chicago Public Schools.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

New CPS CEO Will Be San Antonio Superintendent Pedro Martinez, A Juarez Graduate

Martinez, who worked for CPS under Arne Duncan, had been considering a frontrunner for the job to assume the reins from interim CEO José Torres.