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Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

parent and community engagement

September 22, 2014

A new parent group is holding a school fair this fall that promises to offer something unprecedented: a one-stop place to shop for all schools, whether it be neighborhood, charter or private schools.

June 09, 2014

The on-going, seemingly never-ending fight to keep Dyett High School from shutting down next year took a more pointed turn on Monday as activists and parents accused officials of planning to hand the building over to an alternative school.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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