On episode two of Ready Set Gov, we’re joined by Linda Lenz, a veteran Chicago education writer, who walks us through the bipartisan education reform bill passed in Springfield. We talk about what it means for Illinois taxpayers and students alike.
Although it was able to investigate only a fraction of the complaints it received, the Chicago Public Schools Office of the Inspector General (OIG) noted in its annual report that it logged nearly 1,500 reports of alleged misconduct, waste, fraud and financial mismanagement during fiscal 2017.
During a three-year period, Chicago Public Schools employees spent more than $250,000 on gift cards, some of which were allegedly used as a way to get around a no-petty-cash policy instituted by the district, according to a recent report.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool resigned after a report by the schools office of the inspector general concluded that he and General Counsel Ronald Marmer violated the Code of Ethics when they improperly used “contract management authority," according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, Chicago Public School graduation rates remain high, according to a Chicago City Wire analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Founding a charter school in Chicago means operating under the assumption that the city's public school system will not approve the application, a founder of Chicago Classical Academy said during a recent interview.
Rosemont Elementary School District 78 had the highest rate – 41.2 percent – of students locally who passed the annual state assessments this year, according to a Chicago City Wire analysis of Illinois State Board of Education data.
Fiscal experts are warning that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be back for more once the revenue raised from yet another increase in property taxes disappears into the fiscal black hole that is the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF).
A new city-mandated curriculum on police brutality in Chicago schools involving former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his torture victims has no place in the classroom, some former educators and parents say.