Public hearings on proposals for a half-dozen new charter schools drew hundreds of students, parents and activists, many of whom spoke up on Noble's proposed high school in Brighton Park. Meanwhile the district quietly announced it wouldn't approve any new privately run alternative schools this year.
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.
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.