The district is still working to shorten bus rides for more than 100 students with disabilities to comply with state law.
Homeless children have certain rights aimed at maintaining stability for them at school, including the ability to stay at the school they’ve been attending.
The admissions process has built up a reputation for being stressful on families, but many value the ability to choose a school they see as the best fit for their child.
The financial cost of college was a big reason students have leaned toward schools that are an undermatch, in lieu of attending more selective schools
Los niños sin hogar tienen ciertos derechos destinados a mantener la estabilidad para ellos en la escuela, incluida la capacidad de permanecer en la escuela a la que han estado asistiendo.
Illinois is one of the few states that have not expanded their voucher-like program. During the veto session, lawmakers did not move a bill that would have extended the state’s program, known as Invest in Kids.
The details of Chicago’s 2024 school board elections are still being hammered out by state lawmakers.
Senate Democrats put forward a plan that would allow residents in 10 of 20 districts — or only half of Chicago – to vote for school board members in 2024. Now, House Democrats want to pair the 20 districts so everyone could vote.
State lawmakers put forward the new proposal late Friday ahead of next week’s veto session. It also creates ethics rules and a committee focused on Black student achievement.
Illinois lawmakers have released a new draft map of 20 districts for Chicago Board of Education elections. Elections for 10 of the 21 seats are set for November 2024.
Some of the students have endured dangerous journeys to the United States, on top of the disruption of leaving their homes behind.
Districts across the nation, including Chicago, have been bracing for financial challenges as their pandemic relief dollars run out.
The governor will work with the legislature in spring 2024 to formalize the new agency’s structure. He is appointing a transition director and advisory committee to help figure out how to bring together preschool funding, daycare licensing, early intervention, and the state’s child care assistance program.
State lawmakers have introduced a measure during veto session that would lift the ban on paying board members from Chicago’s elected school board.
Chicago teachers showed up at the Illinois State Board of Education’s monthly meeting to urge board members to help the city’s public schools with the ongoing migrant crisis.
Maureen Delgado leads a diverse neighborhood school, where 45 different languages are spoken. She’s being featured on public transit for her work creating a welcoming school environment.
Eighth graders enrolled at district schools will take the test Oct. 24 or 25. Non-district students must sign up again to take the exam Oct. 28, Oct. 29, or Nov. 5.
The Illinois State Board of Education is creating a roadmap for schools. Parents and advocates want the plan to be more specific about how schools and educators can identify and support the needs of students with dyslexia.
Parents at Inter-American are looking for solutions, as other gifted and magnet programs have also sought their own alternatives to the lack of busing.
District officials cited ongoing technical difficulties with the vendor’s testing platform. It’s not clear when students will be able to take the exam.
Researchers also found that the share of CPS students enrolling in college recently has risen.
The district will reschedule the test for eighth-graders who couldn’t finish.
The mayor’s spending plan builds on his campaign platform that was embraced by the Chicago Teachers Union.
At a town hall meeting Thursday, providers and parents appealed for funds to keep providers in business and services affordable for families.
With the deadline to spend federal COVID money coming in September 2024, educators, advocates, and lobbyists urged the state to add more funding for schools in the 2025 budget.
At a Senate committee hearing, lawmakers hear conflicting views on when they should approve district boundaries.
The Youth in Care - College Advocate Program aims to help students who can feel isolated and often struggle to graduate.
The district is seeking a total of $14.4 billion for updates ranging from new roofs and windows to special classrooms.
New research from the University of Chicago Education Lab found a drop in student suspensions and arrests at schools with restorative justice practices. Officials and activists say ongoing partnership to create safer schools could be a national model.
Message to parents: ‘You don’t have to come back and keep asking.’
The district said it will begin to mail out checks of up to $500 this week. Parents can pick up checks from their child’s school.
Officials said about 40% of kindergarten through second grade students were at or above grade level by May, up from 9% in September. They declined to share school-level data or any information about how students fared on early math assessments
Officials are considering opening more so-called specialty schools meant to help students with more challenging disabilities transition into the real world.
People interested in running for a seat at their local public school can apply between Oct. 16 and Feb. 8, 2024. Elections will take place on April 10, 2024 for elementary schools and April 11, 2024 for high schools.
Preliminary data analyzed by Chalkbeat shows just over 322,000 students were enrolled as of the 20th day of school, when the district takes an official count. The stable number comes after a decade of dramatic annual declines.
School-level data from the 2023 Illinois Assessment for Readiness shows many schools have not returned to pre-pandemic levels of students meeting standards in reading and math.
Some principals say the program is paying off and want to find funding to keep it going.
Chicago’s office that manages special education hasn’t had a chief since June. Now the board of education is searching for the next department head and asking the public for its input on who the next chief should be.
Shipments of the new COVID vaccine are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and should be “plentiful” by early October, public health officials said this week.
Families use the application for entry to a variety of schools, including selective test-in schools and neighborhood schools outside of their attendance boundaries.