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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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How Chicago Public Schools Could Avoid Closing Early

CPS has a number of options to plug its budget gap, but they could carry hefty consequences for the district, city and taxpayers.

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Decision On Closing CPS Early Rests on April 28 Court Ruling

CPS has said it hopes to decide by May 1 if it will end classes three weeks early to fill a budget hole.

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Recap Of Suburban Election Results

From property tax hikes to a mayoral race where Donald Trump became a huge issue, WBEZ looks at the results of Tuesday's suburban elections.

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Evanston Voters Consider Property Tax For Schools

The proposed tax hike comes as state lawmakers debate changing how to fund public education. Some schools worry they'll be shortchanged.

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Chicago State Delays Decision On New Job For Former CPS Chief

CSU trustees put off a decision to give a top leadership role to ex-CPS CEO Paul Vallas, who has the support of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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CPS To Cut At Least $1.8 Million From A Dozen Alternative Schools

Chicago Public Schools is cutting funding at some schools where kids aren’t coming to class.

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City Colleges Faculty Watch For New Chancellor's Hiring Choices

The faculty council at the City Colleges of Chicago is hopeful about incoming chancellor but focusing on who he’ll pick to oversee academics.

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South Loop Sixth Grader Advances To National Spelling Bee

Can you spell “attache” and “toxicosis"? A CPS student nailed those words to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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At West Side School, Former Dropouts Become CEOs

Students at Banner Academy are creating businesses and even selling their products at a store rented by the alternative school.

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Advocates: Caps On Charter Schools Are 'Bad For Our City'

A group of public charter school supporters were touting high college-going rates at their schools on Monday.

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CPS Budget Problems 101

CPS' legal gambit to get more state funding through court action could create unintended consequences for the district and the state.

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State Settles Suit Over Discriminatory School Funding

The Chicago Urban League accused the State Board of Education of discriminating against minority children in the way it pays for schools.

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Chicago Aldermen Hear Plans To Merge Gold Coast, Cabrini Green Schools

Parents from two very different public schools gathered Wednesday to discuss a possible merger.

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CPS Paying For Re-Enrolled Dropouts, Even If They Cut Class

A WBEZ analysis found CPS is paying for-profit alternative schools based on enrollment, but nearly half the students aren't going to class.

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Governor’s Office Says Chicago Public Schools Manufacturing Budget Crisis

“Why would CPS arbitrarily create a crisis and hurt its students and teachers," the governor's office asked in a letter to CPS parents.

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CPS Freezes Nearly $70 Million In School Spending

CPS blamed the spending freeze on Gov. Bruce Rauner, who late last year vetoed $215 million earmarked for the cash-strapped district.

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Rauner Commission: State Needs To Spend Extra $3.5 Billion On Schools

The bipartisan panel said the state's poorest school districts should be focused on first.

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Teachers: Proposed Northwest Side School Threatens Student Diversity

A Northwest Side alderman got an earful from community members over a proposal to build a new Taft High School campus.

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CPS Will Present Plan Next Month To Close $215M Budget Gap

The Chicago Board of Education will vote on an amended budget needed after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a plan to send millions to the district.

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CPS Privatization Deal Benefits Emanuel Campaign Contributor

A deal to outsource CPS building engineers could benefit a company tied to Magic Johnson.

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