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Becky Vevea

Becky Vevea

Education Reporter

Becky Vevea is an Education Reporter for WBEZ. She writes about Chicago Public Schools and the impact local, state, and federal education policy has on communities across Chicagoland.

In 2013, Becky became the youngest recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for her coverage of Chicago’s 50 school closings. The Schorr prize is awarded by WBUR and Boston University each year to one public radio journalist under 35. She was also part of the reporting team that won a 1st place “Breaking News” PRNDI award for coverage of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike.

Prior to joining WBEZ in 2012, Becky covered public education for the Chicago News Cooperative. Before that, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an education and general assignment reporter. Becky has reported for Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and her work has been published in The New York Times and USA Today.

Becky holds a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She grew up in rural central Wisconsin.

Recent Stories

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CPS Proposes Spending Nearly $1B On Construction

The plan comes a day after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed state aid, resulting in a possible $215 million hole in CPS' budget.

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Rauner Vetoes $215M Pension Payment For Cash-Strapped CPS

Senate President John Cullerton said Rauner "has potentially forced the layoff of thousands of Chicago teachers and district employees."

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New Report On State Of Arts Education In Chicago's Public Schools

A new report shows the number of people teaching the arts in Chicago Public Schools inched up last year. WBEZ’s Becky Vevea explains.

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North Suburbs Dodge Teachers Strike

Students in Evanston and Skokie who were hoping for an extended Thanksgiving break got some bad news Monday morning.

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Teaching Trump: One Post-Election Lesson Plan

Students at Hancock College Prep, a predominantly Latino high school on Chicago's Southwest Side, said they are worried about deportation.

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Chicago Area Pastors Meet With CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson

A group of pastors from Chicago’s West Side and western suburbs are hearing from Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

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Charter School Parents Push For Local School Councils

Mothers at the UNO Charter School Network want something traditional public schools have had since 1988: elected local school councils.

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Parents Question $840 Million In CPS Construction Bonds

The Chicago Board of Education is giving itself the green light to issue up to $840 million dollars in school construction bonds.

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Merger Of Two Disparate Chicago Public Schools Resurfaces

An effort to combine two public schools -- one in Chicago’s Gold Coast with one in the Cabrini Green neighborhood -- is resurfacing.

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Hundreds Of Chicago High School Students Interviewed By College Admission Reps

About 1,000 students were interviewed by college admissions representatives Tuesday. WBEZ’s Becky Vevea was there to capture the excitement.

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Chicago Has 11,000 Fewer Public School Students

There are 11,000 fewer students enrolled in the city’s public schools than there were last year, according to numbers released Friday.

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UNO Charter School Teachers Avert Strike

Had talks failed, a strike by teachers at the UNO Charter School Network would have been the first time in the nation that teachers at a charter school walked out.

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Tuesday Night Deadline Approaches For UNO Charter School Teachers

8,000 Chicago charter students may be out of school Wednesday if teachers strike. The deadline to reach an agreement is midnight Tuesday.

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Charter School Teachers Picket Ahead Of Possible Strike

If the United Educators at UNO Charter School Network strike, it would be the first charter school teachers’ strike in the nation.

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Full Pricetag On Chicago Public Schools, Teachers Union Deal Unknown

The tentative agreement reached by the Chicago Teachers Union and the city’s school board will cost the district money, but it’s not clear how much.

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Deadline Deal: Teachers Strike Avoided With Late-Night Agreement

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools agreed to a new contract late Monday, avoiding a potential strike.

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CPS Parents And Children Protest In Front Of Mayor Emanuel's House

Several dozen public school parents and children showed up in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house in hopes of averting a teachers strike.

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Timeline: CPS, CTU Conflicts

A timeline of the events that lead up to a potential teacher strike on Tuesday.

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UNO Charter School Network Votes For Possible Teachers Strike In Chicago

In what could be a first in the country, teachers at 15 public charter schools in Chicago could strike. It could happen just one week after the Chicago Teachers Union walks off the job.

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Activists Use Teachers Contract To Call For Social Change

53 groups spoke out in support of the Chicago Teachers Union this week. But CTU can't bargain over many of the issues they brought up.

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