Mila Koumpilova

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Chicago

Mila Koumpilova is a senior reporter at Chalkbeat Chicago. She previously wrote about higher education and immigration at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. Mila has also covered education at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Forum in Fargo, N.D. A former North Dakota Rookie Reporter of the Year, she has received recognition from the Education Writers Association, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and others. She is a graduate of the American University in Bulgaria and the Missouri School of Journalism.

Some Chicago schools canceled prom last year or hosted smaller events with COVID restrictions. This spring, prom is back with a vengeance.
The pandemic and national racial reckoning have spurred new scrutiny of how few Black and Latino men teach in Chicago and beyond.
District CEO Pedro Martinez said the pushback reflects incomplete information. One board member laid that issue at his feet.
The district hopes to continue recouping steep pre-kindergarten enrollment losses earlier in the pandemic, especially for students of color.
A University of Chicago study brings key takeaways on school-family communication from caregivers and educators.
The district is cutting about 40% of its school budgets, citing steep enrollment declines. Some advocates question the timing.
Finalists for the 2022 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching weigh in on how their schools support student and educator mental health — and how they can do more.
The district has only spent 12%, or $62.9 million, on a program to address the pandemic’s academic and mental health harms.
In Pedro Martinez’ first school budgets as CPS CEO, some schools with declining enrollment will see their budgets shrink.
This school year was supposed to be a time to reinvent public education for students at Richards Career Academy and beyond. It hasn’t happened yet.
The money has also covered a slew of intervention and other supports, but data on that spending is not yet available.
The district’s change in mask policy comes as federal, state, and local guidance have aligned.
Chicago will likely no longer assign numbers to schools to rate quality.
Retirements and resignations among school leaders, central office staff, and teachers rose this fiscal year.
The district will use a significant part of its federal pandemic relief dollars to cover salaries and benefits for existing teachers and support staff.
Sharkey is backing his second-in-command Stacy Davis Gates in a May union leadership election
Some predominantly low-income schools on the South and West sides have seen major attendance gains. But attendance is still below pre-pandemic rates.
Chicago’s standoff over COVID protocols stood out even amid a challenging and sometimes contentious return to school after winter break.
Chicago’s teachers have about 24 hours to vote for or against a proposal that would end a standoff between CPS and CTU over COVID safety.
The teachers union, community groups, and parents planned a number of publicity events Monday.
A proposal that would boost testing and set school-level safety metrics now goes before the rank-and-file membership for a vote.
Some parents and students say neither the city nor the union have polled them, making it impossible to quantify where the majority of parents and students stand on a reopening standoff that has stretched several days.
Under the teachers union’s latest proposal, remote learning would start Wednesday and students could return to buildings as soon as Jan. 18.
The district and the Chicago Teachers Union have not yet reached an agreement on COVID safety measures.
In mere days, the lives of Chicago educators, students, and families have been upended. Here are their stories.
Amid rising COVID cases, the Chicago Teachers Union voted to keep school buildings closed until Jan. 18 unless an agreement is reached.
A new report by the district’s inspector general shows some school bus vendors double- or triple-dipped into federal COVID relief resources.
Amid the pandemic, Chicago set out to rein in transfers of some of its most vulnerable students from traditional high schools to alternative campuses.
Chicago has sent $47 million of flexible dollars to campuses. Find a school-by-school breakdown using our lookup tool.