Stories by Sarah Karp
CPS hopes to make selective schools more accessible, but some worry about low-income students being hurt by poor grades during the pandemic.
CPS dropped the high-stakes tests long used in schools, raising questions about what comes next and how to measure progress during the pandemic.
CPS CEO Pedro Martinez spoke to WBEZ about COVID-19 safety missteps, enrollment declines and negotiations with the teachers union.
As Pedro Martinez becomes CEO, CPS is in better shape than when he left in 2009. Still, COVID, labor challenges and enrollment declines await.
The woman’s family say they suspect she got COVID-19 from her child, who got sick after being exposed at a West Side public school.
Chicago Public Schools enrollment is down by at least 10,000 students this fall. It has dropped by more than 24,000 since the pandemic began.
Pedro Martinez is currently superintendent of a San Antonio school district. He will become CPS’ first permanent Latino leader.
“I just don’t feel like it’s a safe environment,” said one Chicago parent whose son was exposed to a COVID case in the first week of school.
The school district says 20,439 teaching positions were staffed on the first day of school, up 6% from 19,360 three years ago.
Nearly 3,000 CPS students and staff already have been identified as a close contact of someone who had COVID-19 at school, new data shows.