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Chavez Elementary raises the bar

With support from parents, school faculty and community partnerships, Chavez students are achieving high levels of academic success and the news is making many proud. A little over 26 percent of Chávez eighth grade students were notified of their acceptance into various selective enrollment high schools across Chicago in early March. The selective enrollment high […]

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CPS Releases New School Year Calendar, Eliminates Two-Schedule System

All Chicago public school students will have a single calendar with the start of the next school year. On Wednesday Jan. 23, the Chicago Board of Education approved a measure that will end the two-track school schedule it had implemented several years ago. The elimination of the two-schedule system was part of the negotiations with […]

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Parents Rally for Quality Schools

On the eve of the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, parents and community members from across the city gathered outside CPS headquarters to shed light on the lack of quality public schools in many of Chicago’s communities of color, including Austin, Lawndale, Englewood, Humboldt Park and Roseland. Demanding CPS […]

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CPS Officials Announce New Back of the Yards High School Principal

Developments for the new Back of the Yards high school were announced Thursday, Oct. 25, including the introduction of its principal and the students’ selection process. In a forum open to the Back of the Yards community, Chicago Public School (CPS) officials spoke with neighborhood residents at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academy, opening a dialogue for […]

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New Challenges for English Language Learners

With a high number of students who only speak Spanish, a new report shows few Illinois early childhood teachers have bilingual, ESL credentials Elva Garcia’s students begin their day by writing and reading in Spanish. As the day continues, they switch to science and social studies—shifting to English to learn both subjects. “That’s where I […]

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Chicago Teachers Union Sets Strike Date for Sept. 10

Chicago Teachers Union members will walk out to strike on Sept. 10 unless an agreement can be reached with CPS, announced union president Karen Lewis on Thursday, Aug. 30. The announcement comes one day after Lewis filed the required 10-day strike notice – an authorization issued to her by CTU delegates on Aug. 22. “This […]

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La Casa Offers Latino College Students Housing, Gateway to Success

Affixed in the center of Pilsen’s cultural vastness and minutes away from the city’s colleges and universities, the six story housing development of La Casa, still in its construction stages, hopes to provide Latino college students with an affordable place to live and study when it opens in the fall. “Many students from Pilsen, Little […]

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New Law to Revamp School Performance Reporting

On Tuesday, Jan 24, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a legislation designed to give parents and communities more information about their schools’ performance. The new law makes changes to school report cards and report cards for school districts in an effort to continue improving the state’s primary and secondary education system. The law makes changes to […]

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CPS Students Compete in “Dancing with Class” Dance-Off

Photo by Shay Feeney The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, and May I Have This Dance, Inc. will hold Dancing With Class, a dance competition featuring kids from seven CPS schools, including Irma C. Ruiz Elementary, Waters Elementary and Wentworth Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 8. […]

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Kelly High School Students Give Back This Holiday Season

On Wednesday, Nov. 23 students from Kelly High School will come together and pass out food to needy families in the Brighton Park Community in time for a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.  Last year, this service learning project raised enough money to buy food to feed over 100 families in the community. With a donation of […]