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Annual Regional Analysis
November 9, 2018
Where Chicago students travel the farthest to school, questions about why residents dodge neighborhood campuses
Local elementary school students commute an average of 2.6 miles, the farthest of any region in the city.
By the numbers
November 5, 2018
Beyond hiring: The struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks
In Chicago, the ranks of black teachers continue to decline, and the percentage of Latino teachers has only increased slightly.
October 31, 2018
Online tool shows who makes the big bucks at Chicago schools
How much is your favorite principal making? It’s possible to find out: An online tool offers…
Updated October 26, 2018
Chicago’s public school system is still shrinking, new data shows
After 15 years of consecutive drops, the number of students enrolled in Chicago’s public schools fell again this year.
October 17, 2018
Emanuel tries to shore up education legacy in final budget address
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel choked up twice during his final budget address to Chicago’s City Council Wednesday morning: once when he talked about…
October 9, 2018
Can a program designed for British diplomats fix Chicago’s schools?
Senn High senior Shrda Shrestha is attending her neighborhood high school in Edgewater against pretty much everybody’s advice. “When I…
October 4, 2018
Chicago schools chief urges principals to apply for enrollment-boosting programs
Schools chief Janice Jackson said Chicago principals have until Oct. 26 to draft letters of intent to apply for sought-after offerings for their…
under the microscope
September 21, 2018
Hundreds of volunteers and vendors still under review in Chicago schools’ background checks, most teachers cleared
Late Friday afternoon, Chicago schools released the climbing tally of employees who have cleared background checks — although hundreds of coaches, custodians, and…
September 7, 2018
A new school in Bronzeville says a lot about what parents want
The first day of school, Nicole Spicer woke up at 4 a.m., put on a kelly-green blouse that matched her school colors, and…
September 4, 2018
What Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to not seek re-election means for schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to drop his reelection bid has serious implications for several big public education initiatives in Chicago and for…
September 3, 2018
Chicago graduation rates climb again, but district has ‘work to do’ to narrow racial gaps
The nation’s third largest district said 78.2 percent of students earned a high school diploma within five years, up from 77.5 percent in 2017.
September 2, 2018
Chicago schools start Tuesday, but 511 employees don’t have clearance yet
With back to school right around the corner, the majority of Chicago schools’ 43,000 employees have cleared background re-checks, the district said Sunday.
Updated August 29, 2018
Chicago students show slight gains in math on national exam, while reading plateaus
Chicago students showed small gains in math but saw scores flatline in reading, according to new test scores released Wednesday.
August 24, 2018
Here’s a closer look at Kids First Chicago, the group behind a report sparking debate
In January 2017, Daniel Anello, the CEO of a school choice group backed by the business community, flew to Denver with Janice Jackson, who was…
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
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