NEWS articles

Management change at N. Side charter school angers parents

The school board voted unanimously to name American Quality Schools, a Chicago-based school-management firm, as the new academic manager of Passages Charter School.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

CPS to dig into reserves for '09 budget

The Chicago Public Schools district will draw $100 million from its reserve fund rather than raise its tax rate to meet a budget shortfall, school officials say.

over 7 years ago | Steven Chaitman

CPS summer school goes virtual

The program marks the first time that Chicago Public Schools has offered students an online option to make up credits after flunking a class.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

CPS receives grant to expand mini-campus program

Under the program, four schools will create groups of 140 students focused on themes like business and leadership. Teacher teams will closely monitor attendance and academic progress.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Study: teachers' academic qualifications improving

A new study finds the Chicago Public Schools district hiring teachers with stronger academic backgrounds than in the past. The gains are highest among beginning teachers.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

City's third and fourth-graders lagging

Chicago Public Schools officials are developing new policies to address lagging achievement in the middle grades and a shortage of reading, science and math-certified teachers.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

School officials fear new budget will be lean on capital

Chicago Public Schools officials fear a new state budget will leave them without needed funds for building, repairing and making additions at schools throughout the district.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Board of Education approves new performance plan

Beginning next fall, Chicago schools will be rated on a point system that takes into account test scores, attendance and drop-out rates and advanced placement enrollments.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

CPS cancels meeting in effort to plug funding gap

Schools chief Arne Duncan and others traveled to Springfield today to lobby for increased funding. The district had asked for $180 million, and may get just a fraction of that.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Education board to consider new system for rating schools

The Board of Education will take up a proposal at its regular meeting tomorrow that would create a new way to evaluate schools by assigning points for things like good test scores and attendance.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Parents group: CPS must answer to voters

A parents advocacy group wants to return to the practice of electing members of the city's Board of Education, all seven of whom are currently appointed by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Half of city's 2007 graduates enroll in college

City officials hail the improved rate of college enrollment among high school graduates, but Chicago's overall rate of enrollment still lags behind the national average.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

North Side elementary schools squeezed for space

A classroom crunch on the city's North Side has claimed computer labs, lunchrooms, a science lab and a music room, as enrollment continues to grow.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

High-tech magnet clusters get approval

The School board approves an $11.7 million project to turn five neighborhood elementary schools into technological academies next fall.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Charter school banking on second expansion plan

The Chicago Board of Education will vote on expanding the L.E.A.R.N. charter school at the Chalmers Elementary campus on the West Side. An earlier expansion plan was rejected.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker