Former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will plead guilty in a federal corruption case connected to the no-bid principal training contract for SUPES Academy. The federal case was launched as the result of a Catalyst investigation in 2013.
October 9, 2015
Illinois recently won more than $42 million from the federal government for its plan to open 48 charter schools — with half in Chicago — over the next five years. Meanwhile, Illinois schools and districts will soon be rated on a new, 100-point scale and Roosevelt High School students are protesting budget cuts and staff layoffs, garnering support from other nearby neighborhood high schools.
October 6, 2015
City Colleges of Chicago leaders say a plan to consolidate the child development program at Truman College on the North Side will lead to higher-quality offerings and stronger partnerships with four-year schools. But early childhood experts fear the move will limit access for students on the South and West Sides of the city, blocking pipeline development for bilingual teachers and educators of color.
September 30, 2015
Finances are a major motivator for making co-location a priority -- this year the district is not offering any financial assistance to help cover start-up costs. However, teachers at some of the schools being sought for co-locations worry they will have a negative impact on enrollment at their and other neighborhood schools.
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.
CPS officials said they wanted to clear up “misconceptions” about cuts to special education during Tuesday’s board meeting. But the opposite happened as parents, teachers and others repeatedly questioned the cash-strapped district’s ability to meet legal requirements for its most vulnerable students and railed against a new round of cuts unexpectedly announced last week.
A federally funded grant program is helping two- and four-year colleges across Illinois team up to find ways to help early childhood education students complete their degrees — and gain the kind of specialized training that can help them become more effective teachers.