District officials have been meeting with community groups to discuss two proposals: One would completely eliminate retention, the second would severely limit its use. Either change would mean a complete overhaul of a CPS policy that gained national attention nearly two decades ago.
September 3, 2015
District officials said they'd reopen Dyett High School as an arts-themed neighborhood high school. But activists on an 18-day hunger strike aren't ready to call it a victory.
September 3, 2015
The Dyett hunger strike takes center stage at two Chicago budget hearings while Mayor Rahm Emanuel offers to pay for part of the child care costs for families impacted by the state's budget impasse.
August 30, 2015
CPS agreed to restore 60 special education positions — 10 teachers and 50 aides — across 30 schools after parents and principals expressed concerns about their proposed staffing levels. But 60 other district-run schools that contested their staffing levels received no adjustments.
CPS is known for a handful of powerhouse basketball teams. But most high schools, especially those in poor communities, offer few opportunities for teens to get involved in sports. To do so, schools must raise their own money for athletics.
James Bebley and Aarti Dhupelia are leaving CPS Central Office; several of new CEO Forrest Claypool's hires have been officially approved.
Under emergency child care rules imposed July 1 by Gov. Bruce Rauner, Lenita Edgeworth has a difficult choice. She can keep her $16,800 a year job and keep receiving day care assistance for her daughter, Ellie. Or she can pursue her goal of returning to social service work and hope and pray she doesn’t get laid off again, as that would likely spell the end of child care help.