New research shows Chicago Public Schools students enrolled in a rigorous college prep program, known as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, are much more likely to get into good colleges.The IB programs are located in neighborhood high schools around the city.
Chicago Public Schools is looking for nearly 2,000 parents and community representatives to stand for upcoming local school council elections.The councils are like mini school boards at Chicago public schools. They hire and fire principals and get a say over curriculum and budgets.
Chicago has four elite public high schools. They’re the highest scoring schools in the state, better than top suburban schools. Competition to get is fierce, and ratcheted up again this year. WBEZ looks at who gets into Chicago’s best schools, and who does not.
The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on proposals to close or completely restaff 17 schools. That would make more than 100 the district has shut down or restaffed in the last decade.
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that laid off tenured teachers in Chicago do not have a right to be rehired later.The 5-2 ruling Friday came after budget cuts in 2010 forced the city to lay off nearly 1,300 teachers. The Chicago Board of Education later recalled about 715 tenured teachers.