School opened in Chicago on Tuesday, with children and parents making their way past security guards whose bright neon vests served as a reminder of the city’s efforts to protect students from the violence that plagues its streets.
As he prepared to speak alongside gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program, allowing for 600 more hires of yellow-vested workers around 27 more schools later this fall.
Students were forced to be outside in the heat as punishment as the temperature hit 90 Tuesday. Lunch supervisors at North Ward Elementary made dozens of kids sit on the blacktop.
Chicago’s Board of Education unanimously changed how it ranks its schools Wednesday, introducing minimums that will benefit the highest-performing schools and potentially lessen the number of schools at the bottom.
Following national trends and building on years of growth, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday reported a higher graduation rate for high school students in the last school year.