Of 42 buildings left vacant after the 2013 school closings, CPS immediately found new uses for four. Altogether, 33 are still vacant with no firm repurposing plans. Since the closings, property crimes have gone up in some cases.
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Banned under new nutritional laws, some beloved junk food items have found their way back in school by cutting back salt and fat and swapping enriched flours with whole grains.
March 27, 2015
The Chicago Teachers Union presented an ambitious set of proposals for its next contract, including smaller class sizes and ensuring all schools have counselors, nurses, art teachers and truancy officers. Many of the proposals are not negotiable in a labor contract and represent more of ideological asks.
March 25, 2015
Tara Stamps and Sue Sadlowski Garza will face incumbent aldermen in the April 7 runoffs. A third teacher, Tim Meegan, narrowly missed a runoff in his ward.
High schools are now rated on the college enrollment and persistence of their graduates. To solve the money problems, academic difficulties and social challenges that many students face, CPS is partnering with local colleges and universities.
Most principals in a recent survey say that privatized custodial services have left their schools dirtier than before and accuse CPS of ignoring their complaints. CPS says an independent audit found that schools are now cleaner and at a level of "ordinary tidiness."
Suspensions in CPS are on the decline, and teachers and students say they feel safer, according to a new report. But a lack of data on charter school suspensions, which some advocates say leaves a big question mark in an otherwise positive trend.
A preschool expansion program financed with a loan from investment bankers has been slow to get off the ground – largely due to stalled recruitment.