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20 new schools in CPS plan

Twenty new schools will be opened in Chicago over the next two years, public school officials say. School officials also approved a plan to open a LGBT friendly high school in 2009-2010.

6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Duncan urges income tax hike

The amount of funding the state provides to Chicago Public Schools has been a constant issue this year and led to a school boycott. Schools chief Arne Duncan is asking state lawmakers to hike income taxes to provide more education funds.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Packed house enthusiastic about gay friendly school

More than 200 people packed a North Side meeting room to voice their mostly positive opinions on a proposed public high school catering to gay, bisexual and transgender students.

over 6 years ago | Kimberly Michaelson

CPS to hold hearing on gay friendly school

The proposed high school would provide a supportive environment for gay, bisexual and transgender students, officials say. Supporters hope to open the school by September 2010.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

City students show ISAT gains

Standardized test scores at city elementary schools rose for the seventh consecutive year and hit “historical” levels never seen before. CPS still lags behind students elsewhere in Illinois.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Police seeking text message tips from students

Students at 10 city high schools are participating in a pilot program designed to encourage students to text message police with crime tips and information about problems on campus.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

CPS holds the line on taxes

The Chicago Board of Education approves a record $6.1 billion budget. CPS will dip into reserve funds instead of hiking property taxes to meet rising personnel costs.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Board of Ed to vote on $5.1 billion budget

The CPS budget calls for spending $100 million in reserve funds to avoid tax increases. The district will dedicate $18 million for a high school transformation program.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

School boycott supporters to push message

The campaign follows a similar canvass of the West Side held by the group more than a week ago. Meanwhile, the school district held rallies to encourage attendance. Both sides want to highlight school funding problems.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Duncan: Don't use children as 'weapons'

School officials step up effort against planned boycott of schools, hold rally at South Side high school

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Duncan: Don't use children as 'weapons'

School officials step up effort against planned boycott of schools, hold rally at South Side high school

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

School officials rally to discourage boycott

Chicago school officials rally to try to counteract plans for a first-week of school boycott. Boycott proponents and school officials agree on the need for more state funding for education.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Little Village residents demand more CTA after-school buses

The CTA discontinued bus service along 31st Street in 1997, citing low ridership. Now, area residents say students face a long and sometimes dangerous walk to the nearest bus stop.

over 6 years ago | Jessica Pupovac

Pastors pushing boycott of schools

A group of 50 ministers is urging parents to keep their children out of school to protest inequities in education funding. Suburban districts are flush with cash while city students are left behind, they say.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Trunk party equips S. Side students for college

Footlockers full of comforters, lamps and toiletries help low-income students get a lock on college life. The program at Robeson High School is so successful, CPS officials want to expand it to other campuses.

over 6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

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