Money is the top item on the agenda at Wednesday’s Chicago Board of Education meeting. With the public schools facing a billion-dollar shortfall, board members are convening to vote on two measures to head off a fiscal catastrophe. The first has to do with short term: a vote to authorize $200 million in new borrowing to get the district through the rest of June. The second is long term - or at least a little more long term – a vote to a billion-dollar line of credit to shore up the financials for another year. Better Government Association Senior Investigator Sarah Karp walks us through what happened at the meeting and helps us assess how CPS is doing when it comes to dollars and cents.
Chicago Public Schools will hold hearings just about every night this week on a slate of schools the district wants to close or phase out. School closings are controversial every year. And this year has been no different--but there have been some new twists to the controversy.
Chicago Public Schools unveiled a list of so-called school actions this week, including 10 school turnarounds, replacing the entire staff with new faces.Some schools will be closed outright and others will be what CPS calls "phased out," which means no new students will be accepted; as current stude
Seventeen Chicago Public Schools are undergoing a special kind of transformation known as a turnaround. The turnaround program is an effort to fix schools that have chronically low performance levels and show insufficient improvement through other means.
To talk more about students who leave Chicago's charters, Eight Forty-Eighttalked with WBEZ's Linda Lutton and Sarah Karp, deputy editor of school reform magazine Catalyst.The two worked together to examine transfer-out rates at Chicago charter schools.