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Chicago Public Schools adjust student code of conduct

The Chicago Board of Education approved revisions to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Student Code of Conduct (SCC), at its June meeting. Changes to the SCC go into effect on September and will establish a restorative approach to student behavior, a redefined description of what qualifies as inappropriate behavior, and more options for administrators who […]

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New funding allocated toward early childhood education programs

New federal and state support for early childhood was announced recently, but more needs to be done to ensure equitable distribution of resources, particularly concerning Latino communities, said Cristina Pacione-Zayas education director of the Latino Policy Forum. Particularly notable was the exclusion of Brighton Park from the second round of the state‘s early childhood construction […]

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High school is the new college

As this newspaper recently reported, the brand-new Back of the Yards High School only has room to hold about half of the graduating 8th-graders in Back of the Yards each year. Some parents are disappointed that their children are not guaranteed a place at our new school. But the reality is, until Chicago Public Schools […]

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Chicago Public Schools will be closed Monday, Tuesday

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be closed Monday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 28, due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds.  District officials have been closely monitoring weather conditions over the weekend and believe Monday’s expected subzero temperatures and high winds will make it dangerous for children and families traveling to and from […]

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CPS to open seven new charter schools over the next two years

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education approved proposals for seven charter schools to open across the city over the next two years on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Five charters will open during the 2014-2015 school year, and the remaining two will open in the 2015-2016 school year. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a […]

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Preliminary renovation plans for Kelly Park announced

The Chicago Park District presented preliminary plans for the long-sought renovation of Kelly Park at a meeting of the park’s advisory council on January 15. Funding from the state, the NFL, and Chicago Public Schools — along with a $100,000 grant from the U.S Soccer Foundation announced at the meeting — will go to install […]

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Do we need more charter schools?

Parents and students packed the assembly room at Shields Middle School demanding more resources for neighborhood schools Community residents met Tuesday to highlight CPS plans to expand charter schools just months after closing 50 neighborhood schools and cutting school budgets drastically. “We can’t allow CPS to continue to take money from our neighborhood schools,” said […]

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School Back in Session Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students will resume classes on Wednesday after severe winds and dangerously cold temperatures forced closures on Monday and Tuesday. While District officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the expected rise in temperatures Wednesday indicates that conditions will be safe for students and staff to return. “At CPS, the safety and security of our students is a top […]

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CPS schools will be closed Monday, Tuesday

(updated Mon. Jan.6, 2014) Due to extreme cold and high winds, school buildings will be closed Monday and Tuesday Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be closed on Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday Jan. 7  due to the extreme cold temperatures and high winds that have been forecasted. District officials have been monitoring the expected weather and […]

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New law lowers minimum school age requirement in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Sunday Aug. 25 that lowered Illinois’ compulsory school age from seven to six, which would take effect in the fall of 2014. During the signing ceremony at Chicago West Side’s Nash Elementary School, Quinn said enrolling children in school at a younger age allows them to take the fullest […]