State lawmakers have intervened repeatedly in Illinois’ teacher licensing process, going to bat in some cases for candidates who did not meet state requirements and applicants with criminal pasts as well as for relatives, donors and constituents, a Tribune investigation revealed.
While Chicago Public Schools officials maintain they do everything to keep budget cuts away from the classroom, the proposed operating budget for the coming school year decreases funding to 504 traditional neighborhood schools by $72 million.
Much of the recent national conversation about school lunches has revolved around whether we’ll keep feeding a generation of overweight kids cheap, high-fat pizza, Tater Tots, and chicken nuggets. While healthier options are great and worth fighting for, they can’t make much difference if a family can’t afford to pay for its child to eat them. It turns out that so many public school students are poor in Chicago that the federal government is stepping in and giving every kid meals for free.
The Chicago Public Schools has an arts teacher in almost all of its schools but still doesn’t provide equal access to all students, according to report by a school arts advocacy organization.
Among several new laws effective in Illinois this week is a requirement that children attend kindergarten at a younger age, a shift that state officials say could mean higher costs for an already underfunded school system.
Forced once again to cover a gaping deficit that this year approaches $900 million, Chicago Public Schools is using a one-time accounting adjustment to make ends meet in a $5.8 billion preliminary operating budget that was released Wednesday.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation designed to give Illinois schools the tools they need to crack down on bullying.
Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees are being laid off…
Chicago Public Schools is officially changing its Student Code of Conduct so fewer kids get suspended and expelled.
A legislative task force looking into school actions including closures issued a report Tuesday critical of Chicago Public Schools’ 10-year facilities master plan and the district’s decision last year to shut nearly 50 schools.