Federal COVID money has helped Chicago Public Schools avoid cuts and add staff and programs. What happens when the money is gone?

Anyone can vote in these uniquely Chicago elections for representatives to serve on the governing bodies of each public school. Here’s how to participate.

Crane Medical Prep High School on the city’s West Side brought students outside shortly before 2 p.m. Monday to watch the rare astronomical event.

The information shared by officials provided more details about the district's switch to a new position-based budget formula next school year.

While many other professions have shifted to paid internships or apprenticeships, student teaching continues to be largely unpaid.

Parents of Lowell Elementary School students are taking an English literacy class at the school to boost their chances of getting a job, going to college, and being able to help their kids with homework.

Los candidatos necesitan recolectar 1,000 firmas antes del 24 de junio de 2024 para aparecer en la papeleta del 5 de noviembre para los 10 puestos electos de la junta escolar de Chicago.

Illinois law allows school board members to be reimbursed for expenses related to the job, but a proposal in Springfield would allow Chicago members to be paid.

Chicagoans will vote for 10 of 21 members in the city’s first school board election. Here are six things you should know as the election cycle kicks off.

An analysis of district data shows more than half of Chicago’s public high schools have dress codes and nearly all of those schools serve mostly Black or Hispanic students.

Candidates need to collect 1,000 signatures by June 24, 2024 to get on the Nov. 5 ballot for Chicago’s 10 elected school board seats.

The proposal would create a new department that would transition programs from three state agencies to one.

The ballot initiative to raise the real estate transfer tax on property sales over $1 million in order to raise revenue for homelessness and affordable housing was one of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s key campaign promises.

Every school will have certain guaranteed staff, including an assistant principal, a counselor, and core classroom teachers, under a new funding formula officials plan to use starting next school year.

Martinez said the district is working to find other options for transportation, such as adjusting bell times, but CPS has struggled to hire more bus drivers.

Dual language programs are meant to teach students in English and another language.

Illinois education advocates and lawmakers are asking for more state funding to support migrant students enrolled in public schools.

Supporters say a proposed change to the city’s real estate transfer tax would raise up to $100 million annually for a variety of efforts tackling homelessness. Critics worry it would create a political ‘slush fund.’

Illinois is planning to have 11th graders take the ACT next spring, after almost a decade of using the SAT.

The public meetings are part of the district’s new Black Student Success Working Group, which CPS created to provide recommendations for improving Black children’s outcomes.

Two bills filed in Springfield would let local school councils decide whether to keep school resource officers and would halt major changes to selective-enrollment schools.

Illinois lawmakers have debated over Chicago’s elected school board districts for months. On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would allow voters to choose 10 out of 21 members in November.

After years of thorny relationships with district officials and mayors, the Chicago Teachers Union will bargain a new contract this year with a district that now answers to former CTU organizer Mayor Brandon Johnson.

Senate Bill 15 would have Chicagoans vote for 10 school board members and let Mayor Brandon Johnson appoint 11 members in November.

School officials, educators, and advocates are seeing a rise in demand for career and technical education programs. Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed adding more state funding to support, but some say it might not be enough.

Aún quedan muchas preguntas por responder sobre las elecciones que darán paso a los nuevos miembros del consejo y sobre cómo funcionará.

A new report commissioned by Illinois State Board of Education found that while Illinois public school students scored higher on state tests than tax credit scholarship recipients, students enjoyed private schools they attended.

Principals are the leaders of their schools and staff. But in Chicago, multiple entities have power over principals — and soon, an elected school board and a principals union could impact how school leaders work.

Theater program run by TimeLine Theatre aims to connect Chicago Public Schools’ students to history and current events.

The board’s decision addresses a yearslong grassroots movement that has pushed the district to remove SROs from school campuses but didn’t come without pushback.

Illinois lawmakers are back at the capitol filing bills on early childhood education and K-12 schools. Here are five education issues Chalkbeat Chicago will watch during the session.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his plan to increase early education spending would put the state on track to have universal pre-K by 2027.

Contract negotiations between SEIU Local 73 and Chicago Public Schools have been going on since May 2023. Union leaders say talks have stalled.

Chicago’s Board of Education to vote on removing police officers from schools

According to a new report from researchers at Harvard and Stanford, Illinois and Chicago are leaders nationally when it comes to reading growth in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

Counselor Jorge Alaves started “Lindblom Colegio” six years ago after noticing some Latino boys were less likely to apply to college and would sometimes struggle academically and socially.

This Chicago counselor is a former teacher who wanted to help students outside the classroom

The school district has outsourced the management of school janitors and cleaning services since 2014.

District officials said they’re working to get more teachers certified to teach English language learners.