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CPS offering perks to boost first-day attendance

Educators hope passes from the Museum of Science and Industry and tickets to Chicago Sky games will help lure kids to school despite a planned boycott.

almost 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.

almost 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.

almost 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.

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

6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

College program reaches out to low-income adults

The Odyssey Program, run by the Illinois Humanities Council, focuses on literature, philosophy, critical writing and thinking. For Chicagoans like Everlidys Cabrera, it's the only chance for a college degree.

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.

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.

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.

6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

Summer students discover My Chicago

A CPS program for 20 high school students takes them on a journey across the city that involves eating frog legs and learning about new neighborhoods.

6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

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6 years ago | Geoff Dougherty

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.

6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

At Northtown charter school, school year begins with blindfolds and trust falls

The freshman orientation program, an unconventional start to the school year, includes trust-building exercises as well as logic games and tie-tying lessons.

6 years ago | Paul D. Bowker

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.

6 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.

6 years ago | Steven Chaitman

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