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August 22, 2019
‘It’s not clear to me at all.’ How Chicago Schools prioritized campuses for building upgrades
Rivera said that the Chicago district internally compiled proposed projects, prioritizing schools with the most at-risk students.
August 8, 2019
Chicago to spend $820 million on fixing up schools. Is yours on the list?
Chicago plans to spend $820 million next year fixing up 300 of its schools and building more pre-K classrooms.
November 5, 2018
New $85 million Englewood high school to focus on science and technology, careers
Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that it will open a “state-of-the-art” high school focusing on career-preparation and math, science and engineering education in…
August 2, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on a high-speed timeline for his universal pre-K rollout
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has clearly articulated his vision for a free, universal prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds in Chicago, staging events throughout the…
July 27, 2018
School budget protests, advice for new equity office, and cursive’s comeback
We’re Cassie Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, and intern Elaine Chen. We round up Chicago public education news here every week. Please send any tips,…
July 25, 2018
Chicago schools pass $7.5 billion budget despite calls to halt vote
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass Chicago Public Schools’ $7.5 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year, despite calls…
Leadership & Management
July 20, 2018
CPS $1 billion capital budget hearings: Questions, demands, and mixed feelings
Chicago Public Schools surprised many when it dropped its biggest facility spending plan a few weeks ago with…
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May 28, 2015
Fariña, grilled about summer program cuts, hints that a solution is on the way
In the middle of Fariña’s testimony, several council members left to join a rally outside City Hall organized by a coalition of organizations affected by the cuts.
November 5, 2014
Voters greenlight $780 million for pre-K construction, trailer removal
The mayor’s path for pushing through legislative priorities in Albany was made tougher by Republicans’ seizure of a majority of seats in the state Senate. But with the passage of Proposition 3, dubbed the Smart Schools Bond Act, New York City stands to receive $783 million — some of which will help de Blasio reach his goal of bringing pre-kindergarten to 70,000 four-year-olds by next September.
March 18, 2014
Few tough questions on school construction at council hearing
The education department's $12.8 billion capital plan aims to add thousands of new classroom seats over the next five years, while creating new space for pre-kindergarten, driving down class sizes, removing outdoor classroom trailers, and even beautifying some bathrooms.
March 18, 2014
State lawmakers fight for funds to rid schools of their classroom trailers
State lawmakers want to tweak one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's major budget initiatives to fast-track the removal of New York City classroom trailers.
November 12, 2012
City plans to fast-track school repairs with emergency funds
Chancellor Walcott talks to parents at P.S. 207, which will remain closed until at least 2013 and could be much longer. Red trailers parked outside the school contain 35,000 gallons of water and oil that leaked into the school during Sandy, Walcott said. Six city schools that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy won't reopen until 2013, according to the Department of Education's latest update on its recovery from the storm. But the rest of the schools displaced by the storm, which on Tuesday will number 37, will likely be able to move back to their buildings by the end of November. To keep pace with the timeline, Mayor Bloomberg today announced an emergency plan to add $500 million in capital funds, $200 million of which will go directly toward paying for repairs at the remaining schools. The other $300 million will help repair damages sustained to hospital buildings. Bloomberg made the announcement at P.S. 207, a school in Queens that was damaged so severely that officials aren't able to pinpoint a reopening date. "To our knowledge, New York City government has never before made such an emergency provision for additional capital spending because of a natural disaster and certainly not one of this size," he said.
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