NEWS articles

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

City to expand youth summer programs

Mayor Richard M. Daley announced six new summer programs for Chicago's youth yesterday. The changes are aimed at keeping teens off the streets when school ends.

over 7 years ago | Shannon McGee

Logan Square residents call for more police

Parents and community members filled a Logan Square elementary school auditorium yesterday to voice concerns over what they see as an inadequate level of police protection for the area.

over 7 years ago | Kwame Shorter

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

Gifted school on NW side seeks expansion

Decatur Classical staffers and parents say the school has little gym space and no lunchroom. Students are among state's highest achievers on standardized tests. The school is seeking funds for expansion.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Teachers describe crumbling schools

At a capital expenditures hearing, CPS was urged to fix holes in walls and lead-paint problems at Humboldt Elementary. The hearing was the first of six this month.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

City begins widespread meningitis vaccinations

After two recent deaths in Austin, health teams head to schools to administer shots. The city is also conducting free vaccination clinics at Columbus and Douglas parks.

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

Elementary schools to go hi-tech

An $11.7 million U.S. Department of Education grant would turn five city schools into neighborhood magnet clusters with a focus on technology education.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Judge rules against local school councils

The ruling means two South Side schools will not hold local school council elections next week. A parent-led challenge had sought a court order requiring elected LSCs at the schools.

over 7 years ago | Paul D. Bowker