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Chicago School Funding

Total Overhaul: Chicago School Board Changes Leadership And Borrows Millions

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 22 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved the sale of up to $1.16 billion of bonds for its cash-strapped sch...

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

CPS Schools May Be Forced To Choose Between Teachers, Toilet Paper

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

Education advocates in Chicago claim that recently announced budget cuts will force some schools to choose between two necessary resources: teachers o...

Districts Stand To Lose Millions Under Ryan Budget Proposal

Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

A New America Foundation analysis has calculated that under Paul Ryan’s budget proposal to cut federal spending by 20 percent, 77 percent of the 1,5...

School Voucher Bill Fails In State House; Twelve Votes Shy Of 60 Needed

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The landmark legislation would have made Chicago Public Schools the site of what experts said would be the nation's largest voucher program. Up to 30,...

CPS May Inflate Attendance Records To Receive Federal Funds: Report

CBS 2 Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Eugene Hill, a former B.E.S.T. High School teacher, says administrators inflate enrollment to get more money and save teachers' jobs. He claims 10 per...

Schools In Trouble: Layoffs Could Top 20,000 In State School Districts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Larger class sizes. Fewer sports and arts programs. No more special treatment for gifted, special-ed and ESL students. These are some of the many har...

Foreign Language Classes Face Cuts As Chicago Public Schools Seeks Savings

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Elementary-age kids would no longer have a chance to learn a foreign language at their neighborhood public school under a decision to dump "world lang...

School Funding Discrimination Lawsuit Advances

Catalyst Chicago | John Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Education advocates are savoring their first victory in a legal case challenging Illinois' school funding system and say the win comes at a critical j...

Beyond School Closings

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

CPS critics have long advocated a plan that would provide transparency and accountability, ranking projects by need and ensuring that resources are distributed equitably.

Big Money Behind New School Reform Group

Crain's Chicago Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A business-backed group that Chicago school officials say has provided "seed capital" to spark reform here is about to launch a drive to raise up to $...

Duncan Urges Income Tax Hike For Schools

Chi Town Daily News | Paul D. Bowker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan told state legislators yesterday that a "modest income tax hike" should be considered so that school funding ...

Don't Believe School Funding is a Problem? Read This.

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

The data is shocking: If the students who enrolled in kindergarten in Chicago Public Schools in 1994 had, instead, enrolled in top-spending Lake Forest-Libertyville schools, they would have reaped the benefit of an extra $36 billion-worth of education by the time they graduated.

What Boycott? CPS Claims Record Attendance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools officials claimed first-day attendance was record high, despite the two day boycott led by the rev. and state Sen. James Meeks....

Why Did They Boycott?

Washington Post | Kari Lydersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Washington Post's Kari Lyderson recapped the school boycott led by the rev. and state Sen. James Meeks. She points to Illinois' dismal per-pupil s...

Field Trip Over: Meeks' Boycott Kids Finally Out of Media Glare

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Anyone who cares about kids in this town getting a shot at a decent education surely looked at the Chicago Public School children who marched into Winnetka and felt the rumbling pride of civil rights crusades past.

Tinkering Around the Edges Not Enough For Failing Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

While media eyes have been focused on Meeks' school boycott, another plan from the legislator/mega-church pastor has gotten little publicity: His proposal to allow kids to enroll in any school in the state, without paying tuition.

Meeks, Blago May Actually Meet Over School Funding

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE From the AP: Now that state Senator James Meeks has called off his Chicago school boycott, he and Governor Rod Blagojevich are working out a m...

Father's Day: a Million Fathers to March on the First Day of School

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

When you stop to look at the array of organizations trying to address the crushing problem of poor children being left behind in U.S. schools there are groups out there just getting stuff done, like Chicago's Black Star Project.

School Boycott May Not End Funding Inequities, But It Should End The Myth That Black Communities Don't Value Education

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

I hope the folks standing in opposition understand that the people demanding more money for education aren't just looking for a stage upon which they can grandstand --what they're looking for is a high-quality education, the best that money can buy.

Prayer for the First Day of Chicago Public School

Kevin Coval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Kevin Coval

Get Arne Duncan out of the health club. Let him and the progenitors of Renaissance 2010 do more than revamp failed plans. May they consider the whole student body of CPS, not just those with clout and high tax bases.

The Method Behind Rev. Meeks' Madness

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

Meeks' methods of school reform are sure to bring national attention to an educational sore. Perhaps he may even get the presidential candidates to address the issue of educational funding in America.

Schools Chief Says Thanks, But No Thanks To Boycott Plan

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan said thanks, but no thanks Wednesday to those calling for students to boycott the first day of class as a way...

Sharpton Joins Call For First-Day-Of-School Boycott

Chicago Reader | Mick Dumke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Al Sharpton has now endorsed the call by Reverend/state senator James Meeks for students to boycott the first day of school, a protest against educati...