Current Issue

College and careers

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.

parent and community engagement

March 05, 2014

The deadline for local school council candidate nominations is next Friday, but so far less than a third of schools even have enough parent candidates to fill available seats on the governing boards.

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 24, 2013

A coalition of community organizations announced Tuesday that it is forming the “People’s School Board” to stand in direct opposition to the mayoral-appointed board and plans to hold CPS accountable for keeping its commitments to improve schools that received students displaced by closings.

August 18, 2013

CPS’ sudden demolition of a small, one-story Pilsen community center and library has left a group of mothers stunned and demanding the district rebuild something nicer.

August 14, 2013

Originally considered a strategy to provide better schools in neighborhoods without them, charter schools are now being viewed as a solution to overcrowding.

July 11, 2013

About 200 parents and students, members of Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and Raise Your Hand, gathered in front of Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale’s office today.

June 19, 2013

Understanding that the Chicago Public Schools district leadership and Board of Education faced difficult decisions regarding the school actions, we, the Federation for Community Schools’ members, staff and board, have a serious concern about those closings and the transitions of children to new schools. 

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.

February 12, 2013

A coalition of parent and community groups called on outside help Tuesday to try to put the brakes on massive school closings, which they fear even large, well-organized opposition won’t be able to stop.