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

The first day of school for the 2024-25 academic year would be on Aug. 26, about a week later than recent years.

The district is providing CTA passes to migrant families who are homeless.

Last week, CPS Inspector General Will Fletcher released his annual report which, in part, found that the district had marked more than 77,000 devices lost or stolen in the 2021-22 school year.

In his annual report out Tuesday, CPS Inspector General Will Fletcher estimates lost or stolen laptops and other technology valued at more than $23 million.

A letter sent to parents said the district would continue to prioritize students with disabilities and homeless students. Both groups are entitled to transportation under federal law.

The move puts in motion Mayor Brandon Johnson’s campaign promise to reinvigorate neighborhood schools.

Chicago is promoting Principal Joshua Long to lead its special education department

The routes with few students don’t necessarily mean there’s room for other kids, advocates say.

The district is still working to shorten bus rides for more than 100 students with disabilities to comply with state law.

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.

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.

The district is seeking a total of $14.4 billion for updates ranging from new roofs and windows to special classrooms.

Message to parents: ‘You don’t have to come back and keep asking.’

The inspector general found they fraudulently got federal loans during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

Blaming a driver shortage, the district decided this year to limit bus transportation to students with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness.

District officials said 47 students with disabilities have bus rides longer than an hour. It’s a steep decline from last year when more than 3,000 had hour-plus commutes.

The findings suggest that schools can benefit from more empowered principals, who are “closer to the ground” and may have a better sense than district leaders of what their students need.

With only half of the 1,300 drivers needed to transport students who require bus service, Chicago said it will instead prioritize transportation for students with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness.