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Byrd-Bennett pleads guilty in SUPES corruption case

October 13, 2015 - 1:59pm
Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty in the SUPES corruption case. Her plea agreement indicates that federal prosecutors may be eyeing school superintendents in other districts that had contracts with the principal training company.

Total Student Enrollment

October 13, 2015 - 12:07am
  Chicago Illinois 2013395,0712,054,1552012400,9312,066,6922011  403,770 2,074,806 2010 404,589 2,064,

Low-Income Students

October 13, 2015 - 12:06am

Low-income students may come from families receiving public aid, may live in institutions for neglected or delinquent children, may be supported in foster homes with public funds, or may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches.

Limited English-Proficient Students

October 13, 2015 - 12:05am

Limited-English-proficient students are those students eligible for transitional bilingual programs.

Student Mobility Rate

October 13, 2015 - 12:04am

The student mobility rate is based on the number of times students enroll in or leave a school during the school year. Students are counted each time they transfer out or in.

Student Attendance Rate

October 13, 2015 - 12:03am

A perfect attendance rate (100%) means that all students attended school every day.

Chronic Truancy Rates and Totals

October 13, 2015 - 12:02am

Chronic truants are students who are absent from school without valid cause for 18 or more of the last 180 school days.

Student Racial/Ethnic Background

October 13, 2015 - 12:01am

The major racial-ethnic groups in Illinois public schools are White non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and American Indian. The “other” category in this chart includes Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian and a new category  the state added in 2011, “two or more races.”  

Teachers By Gender

October 12, 2015 - 12:04am
Teachers include all school personnel categorized by the district as classroom teachers.

Teacher Racial/Ethnic Background

October 12, 2015 - 12:03am

Teachers include all school personnel categorized by the district as classroom teachers. The “other” category includes Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian and two new categories the state added in 2011:  “two or more races” and “unknown.”  For CPS, the race/ethnicity of 18.6 percent of teachers  was unknown in 2011; for the state, 4.3 percent was unknown.

How Chicago Public Schools joined–and changed–the business of dropout recovery

October 9, 2015 - 3:00pm
Decades ago, Chicago Public Schools had no skin in the dropout recovery game. But in recent years the district has reshaped the landscape of programs serving young people who want to finish high school.

Take 5: Charter expansion, Roosevelt walkout, new school ratings

October 9, 2015 - 8:00am
Illinois recently won more than $42 million from the federal government for its plan to open 48 charter schools — with half in Chicago — over the next five years. Meanwhile, Illinois schools and districts will soon be rated on a new, 100-point scale and Roosevelt High School students are protesting budget cuts and staff layoffs, garnering support from other nearby neighborhood high schools.

Byrd-Bennett to plead guilty in kickback scheme

October 8, 2015 - 6:25pm
Former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will plead guilty in a federal corruption case connected to the no-bid principal training contract for SUPES Academy. The federal case was launched as the result of a Catalyst investigation in 2013.

Feds indict Byrd-Bennett in SUPES corruption case

October 8, 2015 - 1:40pm
Federal prosecutors have charged former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett with taking bribes and kickbacks in connection with the no-bid principal training contract for SUPES Academy. The federal case was launched in the wake of a Catalyst investigation in 2013.

City Colleges consolidation stirs concern about enrollment in child development programs

October 6, 2015 - 5:21pm
City Colleges of Chicago leaders say a plan to consolidate the child development program at Truman College on the North Side will lead to higher-quality offerings and stronger partnerships with four-year schools. But early childhood experts fear the move will limit access for students on the South and West Sides of the city, blocking pipeline development for bilingual teachers and educators of color.

Though overshadowed, overcrowding still a problem

October 2, 2015 - 10:57pm
Although Chicago's public school enrollment continues to decline and many buildings are under capacity, overcrowding remains a problem on the Northwest and Southwest sides.

Take 5: Tense charter hearings, Dyett boundaries set, new preschool study

October 1, 2015 - 11:18am
Dueling student pep rallies set the stage for last night’s public hearing on the Noble charter network’s proposal to open a school in Brighton Park. Hundreds of students, parents and activists turned out in about equal numbers to show support or disapproval. Cops aggressively guarded the front doors of Central Office and physically moved people […]

Co-locations major theme in charter proposals

September 30, 2015 - 3:11pm
A dozen proposed new charter schools will be up for review at a public hearing tonight, and co-locations are one of the major themes. For example, a group that’s connected to the New Life Covenant Church in Grand Crossing wants to open a school for 7th- through 12th-graders inside of Hirsch Metro High School. The […]

Special ed cuts delayed amid sharp parent, teacher criticism

September 29, 2015 - 7:40pm
CPS officials said they wanted to clear up “misconceptions” about cuts to special education during Tuesday’s board meeting. But the opposite happened as parents, teachers and others repeatedly questioned the cash-strapped district’s ability to meet legal requirements for its most vulnerable students and railed against a new round of cuts unexpectedly announced last week.

Colleges team up to help early childhood workers get degrees

September 29, 2015 - 5:24pm
A federally funded grant program is helping two- and four-year colleges across Illinois team up to find ways to help early childhood education students complete their degrees — and gain the kind of specialized training that can help them become more effective teachers.


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