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July 16, 2019
Are there alternatives to closing schools? Chicago parents consider options.
In a district with more than 200 under-enrolled schools, what options do parents and community leaders have besides school closings?
Budget & finance
May 17, 2019
In her first term as mayor, Lightfoot’s schools agenda to include overhaul of budgets, campus policing
Lightfoot will likely overhaul the way the district gives money to schools, and wants to take a harder look at policing in schools.
May 2, 2019
Chicago is throwing its smallest high schools a lifeline. But is it enough?
Hirsch Metropolitan High School wanted to rebrand itself as the arts high school for a swath of South Side Chicago…
March 20, 2019
In Aurora district, smaller schools and half-empty buildings have costs rising
Just two years ago, Aurora schools faced overcrowding, with almost all of them more than 90 percent full. Now the district is facing a different…
January 9, 2019
Is your Chicago school building ‘underutilized’? Search our database to find out.
An analysis of schools released by the district labels 38 high schools as “underutilized.”
November 30, 2018
With zero students, Englewood high headed toward formal closure after just 12 years
Faced with declining enrollment, Chicago Public Schools wants to close TEAM Englewood High, which it opened only in 2007, and three other neighborhood high schools
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September 20, 2018
How Chicago schools are using cool classes like aviation and game design to repopulate neighborhood schools
Schools see career-education classes as a means of attracting students who had fled local schools and also of teaching fundamental skills and concepts.
January 25, 2018
Tight-knit and tightly budgeted: Inside one of Denver’s smallest schools
This year, Denver Public Schools spent $2.1 million to shore up the budgets of small schools. And it could soon find itself having to pay even more.
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