District officials said they were cutting costs last year by eliminating a tiny unit that helped poor families sign up for public benefits. But now the cash-strapped CPS could lose out on millions of dollars in state poverty grants, while thousands of children go without food and health insurance.
June 26, 2016
Fro years, schools taught social-emotional learning on a piecemeal basis, but state and district policies have slowly moved to a more systemic approach. But low-income schools, where students could use the most support, have been largely left behind. Holding schools accountable for teaching these skills is tricky.
June 22, 2016
Educators and community activists held demonstrations across the city and inside City Hall, calling for more school funding. Meanwhile, local school councils push their ideas for raising revenue and controversy over education reform in Mexico turns deadly.
June 14, 2016
When students don't get higher-level reading skills in their middle and high school years, they often wind up in remedial college courses. The push for Common Core standards may be helping their teachers get better tools to take reading to new heights.
Teachers at the Noble Network of Charter Schools value freedom in the classroom but complain about pay and long hours.
Eleven aldermen and one state representative joined about 200 teachers, parents, activists and students at an education summit Saturday calling for progressive revenue solutions to the financial crisis at Chicago Public Schools.
Chicago Public Schools officials say 54 principals have resigned or retired so far this school year. The number could go higher, given the budget impasse in Springfield and what principals say is a lack of support from the district.
The Chicago School Board voted to privatize building engineers in almost 50 more schools, giving more control over school maintenance to two companies that principals have widely criticized for two years.