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.
May 26, 2016
Two struggling alternative schools are on the chopping block, CPS decides to test all schools for lead, One Summer Chicago gets thousands more jobs for youth, and the latest on school funding reform and Dunbar’s construction trades program.
May 23, 2016
Up to two dozen charter schools could shut down under budget cuts CPS recently released, sending up to 15,000 students in search of new schools. Charter advocates are working on proposals to reform state education funding.
May 19, 2016
Troy LaRaviere will become the head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, a group that has flown under the radar until recently. LaRaviere vows to make sure that the voices of all principals are heard--even those who don't agree with his sharp public critiques of the mayor.
Teachers at the Noble Network of Charter Schools value freedom in the classroom but complain about pay and long hours.
District officials are now planning cuts of up to 39 percent in per-pupil money given to schools, a loss of about $700 million. A small group of principals was told to prepare for average cuts of 26 percent overall, when poverty grants and other supplemental funds are taken into account.
A preschool expansion program paid for with a private 'social impact bond' has already garnered good results for investors—but also for the mostly low-income children who attend the child-parent centers.
Private investors will get a half-million dollar payment because of the kindergarten readiness scores from the first cohort of a preschool expansion project they funded. Evaluators won’t calculate special education ‘savings’ until next year.