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 find some way to raise their own money for athletics.
May 28, 2015
Over 15 years, The Chicago Public Education Fund has committed more than $50 million to support the programs and organizations that measurably improve teaching and learning in Chicago’s public schools.
May 28, 2015
Teachers at Urban Prep Academy prepare to vote to unionize. Meanwhile the Board of Education held off on voting on a controversial measure to relocate a Noble Street Charter campus to Uptown.
May 26, 2015
Many in the educational community have some major concerns with the edTPA, a $300 test developed by Stanford University as a multiple-measure assessment for prospective teachers. It will be scored by Pearson Education, a for-profit firm.
For a select but growing group of schools in Chicago’s wealthier communities, parent fundraising has risen to new heights. In just a decade, the number of parent groups at district-run schools that raise more than $50,000 a year doubled to 41.Of those 41, 30 brought in more than $100,000 and eight raised more than $200,000. Altogether, these 41 schools raised roughly $7.6 million in one year.
CPS is recommending renewals for all 14 charter and contract schools whose agreements are up this June. However, officials have expressed concerns about the academic performance and fiscal stability of half of the schools, which are being recommended for shorter renewals than the traditional five years.
Some Chicago high schools are turning to innovative programs -- such as intensified math and competency-based learning -- to address the "high school challenge."
In the most recent contract negotiations, the CTU asked for a 3-percent raise -- which the district has already said would cost an estimated $105 million that it can't afford.