A dozen proposed new charter schools will be up for review at a public hearing tonight, and co-locations are one of the major themes. For example, a group that’s connected to the New Life Covenant Church in Grand Crossing wants to open a school for 7th- through 12th-graders inside of Hirsch Metro High School. The KIPP charter group wants to open elementary schools inside Orr High School in Humboldt Park and Till Math and Science Academy in Woodlawn. In addition, KIPP is seeking to add an elementary school to its existing middle school, which is already located inside Nash Elementary in Austin.
October 1, 2015
Dueling student pep rallies set the stage for last night’s public hearing on the Noble charter network’s proposal to open a school in Brighton Park.
September 29, 2015
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.
September 29, 2015
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.
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.
The district lost more than than 5,000 students this year, which is more than twice the projected number. Twenty-seven schools with lower-than-expected enrollment will now lose more than a half-million dollars on top of earlier budget cuts.
CPS is in a dispute with the testing company, ACT, over what officials say were compromised EXPLORE and PLAN tests from last year. As a result, the district wants to modify the school rating policy that takes into account those assessments -- and make a slight tweak to teacher evaluations.