Current Issue

Teacher turnover

CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.

facilities

June 05, 2014

CPS recently awarded nearly $4.6 million in grants to 10 early childhood learning providers that are seeking to expand or enhance their facilities and serve more children, from birth to age 5.

February 07, 2014

Maintaining vacant schools would cost the Chicago Public Schools some $3.5 million a year, according to a report issued Friday by the mayor’s Advisory Committee for School Repurposing and Community Development.

October 09, 2013

UPDATE: Admitting that information officials provided to a state task force had errors, the district released new numbers Friday showing that 60 percent of students displaced by closings are attending the designated welcoming school.

All summer, CPS leaders projected that about 80 percent of students would enroll in the welcoming schools, investing millions in the schools to to try to ensure that they provided a better learning environment than the closed schools.

October 09, 2013

As a Chicago Public Schools parent, I have been frustrated about the lack of a comprehensive plan for our children’s education. Imagine my delight when I learned about a state law that requires CPS to produce a 10- Year Educational Facilities Master Plan. Our state legislators, in response to years of school actions and facilities decisions that did not seem coordinated, equitable, or transparent, established the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force to look into these issues and make recommendations.

September 25, 2013

Though CPS enrollment has declined in recent years, this year budget officials and demographers projected that the district would enroll 405,000 students—about 2,000 more than last year.

July 10, 2013

“It is not fair to have policies put in place that affect me, and I have no say. I want to advocate for students and let them know that their voices do matter!”  --Shondel, Coro Brooklyn Youth Advisory Council.

“I now know I want to pursue a career in education and public policy. My experience can be a great contribution to creating change and protecting the future of our schools and children.”  --Kadesha, Coro Brooklyn Youth Advisory Council

May 20, 2013

When Margarita Miranda moved to Old Town in 2000, the area looked much different. The Cabrini Green public housing projects cast a long shadow, and neighborhood elementary schools were located on every few blocks.

Today, the high-rise public housing has been wiped away, leaving the area with a smattering of row houses, townhouses and some stretches of still-empty lots.

May 07, 2013

On the day CPS announced its list of school closings, students at schools slated to shut down received folders with letters to their parents stating that their school had lost enrollment, was partially empty and needed anywhere from $4 million to $37 million in repairs and maintenance.

May 02, 2013

On page 36 of the long-awaited draft of the district’s 10-year master facilities plan is this revelation: The district will only save $437 million in capital costs by closing schools, significantly less than the original figure of $560 million.

The updated figure is the result of new assessments being done to prepare the final version of the 10-year master facilities plan, says CPS spokeswoman Kelley Quinn. Also, the $560 million figure included some mistakes that district officials have now corrected.

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