Despite an abundance of empty school seats, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system is moving forward with a $5 to $10 million plan to convert a South Loop elementary school into a high school, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) joined several Democrats colleagues recently in calling for an investigation into what they called a leak by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration regarding a bill on school funding.
The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) paid out $1.5 billion last fiscal year, mostly on benefits to retirees. But it only earned $7.8 million on its investments, according to a filing it made with the Illinois Department of Insurance.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have blown their annual budgets in 15 of the past 15 years by a collective $6.6 billion, amassing debt to continually increase spending on operations while district student enrollment has steadily fallen.
Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s talk of redemption fell on deaf ears early Friday when a U.S. District Court judge sentenced her to 54 months behind bars for her part in a scheme that steered $23 million in no-bid CPS contracts to a former employer.
Illinois Republican Party Chair Chris Cleveland, who is also a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) parent, filed an ethics complaint against CPS CEO Forrest Claypool following a letter sent home with all 381,000 CPS students in February.
Bringing food, flowers and family fun to area residents, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will debut its rebranded “Chicago City Markets presented by Country Financial” at multiple downtown venues beginning in May.
This installment examines the discretionary school spending of Morgan Park High School, which claims it doesn't have the money to pay for championship rings for its boys' basketball team, which won the 3A State Championship this month, beating Fenwick 69-67.
Recent changes in the way the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is providing special education services and Individualized Education Programs (IEP) has ignited rage among parents, a questionable explanation from the CPS and a mathematical analysis by a watchdog group, the Better Government Association (BGA) reported recently.
Chicago’s Public Schools received nearly $5,200 per student in 2015 from State of Illinois taxpayers-- more than than 260 of the 290 school districts in the Chicagoland area, according to an analysis of Illinois State Board of Education financial reports by Chicago City Wire.
A Chicago City Wire analysis of enrollments at 59 public high schools shows the essentially bankrupt Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district continues to operate dozens of facilities that are closer to empty than full.