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An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

CPS administration

April 23, 2014

Two CPS board members had serious questions—some of which went unanswered--about handing over three elementary schools to the Academy for Urban School Leadership. But in the end, the turnarounds were approved at a meeting where opponents as well as supporters of the turnaround model dominated the public participation..  

April 07, 2014

Deputy Editor Sarah Karp has won second place for investigative reporting from the national Education Writers Association for a series of articles that delved into the details of CPS’ questionable $20 million, no-bid contract with the for-profit SUPES Academy.

The contract to provide principal training was approved quietly by the School Board last summer and was the largest no-bid contract awarded by the district in recent years.

March 27, 2014

Parents, activists, teachers and administrators gathered outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters Wednesday morning to protest a proposal to spend nearly $10 million on new furniture as the district prepares to move to new offices. (Tribune)

March 26, 2014

Chicago Public Schools is seeking to double its furniture budget to $9.5 million, chalking up $5 million of that to an upcoming move of its central headquarters. District officials want the Board of Education to approve the expense for the purchase and installation of new office furniture by Staples at Wednesday’s monthly meeting, a proposal the Chicago Teachers Union called “poor stewardship of money.” (Sun-Times)

January 15, 2014

Just minutes before the City Council went into session today, the Progressive Caucus of aldermen announced that they planned to introduce a resolution aimed at stopping charter expansion this year.

“I have been bombarded with calls against charter schools,” said Ald. Nick Sposato (36th Ward). “We need to solidify our community schools before we consider any charter schools.”

January 15, 2014

Local school districts are figuring out how to make up the two days of class lost to last week's snow and bitter cold.

December 19, 2013

As a group of Whitney Young parents continues its fight to make the school’s grading scale easier, Chicago Public Schools has begun pushing for a uniform grading scale across the district.  Whitney Young Magnet is the only selective-enrollment high school in the district where students must score a 93 to get an “A.” At other college preps — including Jones, Walter Payton and Northside — students only need score a 90 to get that same “A.” (DNAInfo)

December 18, 2013

CPS board members voted Wednesday to move forward with two controversial plans: infusing a military focus and adding high school grades at Ames and building an addition for Lincoln Elementary.

December 12, 2013

Chicago Public Schools unveiled Wednesday a comprehensive black studies program that will be rolled out at its schools next month. The district is also working on a similar program for Latino studies, officials said. (Sun-Times)

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