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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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Enrollment Decline Sets Stage For More Cuts To Chicago Classrooms

Preliminary numbers show enrollment may have dropped by at least 13,000 children.

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Illinois Education Officials Want Feedback On Measuring Success

The Illinois State Board of Education is holding hearings all month on the new version of No Child Left Behind

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Noble Opens 17th High School

After months of pushback from existing local schools, the Noble Network of Charter Schools opened the doors of a 17th high school.

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For The Second Straight Year, CPS Teachers Start School Without A Contract

Chicago teachers are going in a second school year working with no contract. There are murmurs that a strike is possible in mid-October.

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Chicago High Schoolers Ride To School In Style

Thousands of Chicago teens hopped on trains and buses to get to class Tuesday morning, but a few students were treated to a luxury ride.

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Chicago's Kindergarteners Take In The First Day

It’s the first day of public school and many of the city’s youngest students are seeing an actual classroom for the very first time.

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CPS Releases Three-Year Vision For District

Chicago Public Schools is promoting a new vision for the next three years with three key goals: academic progress, financial stability and earning back the public’s trust.

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Two Thirds of Illinois Students Don’t Meet Math And Reading Standards

Preliminary statewide results from the PARCC standardized test show most Illinois students did not meet math and reading standards.

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Chicago School Board Passes $6.3 Billion Budget

The budget relies in part on revenue that may never come through.

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Education Board To Vote On Buget That Cuts Number Of Teachers In District

The Chicago Board of Education is voting today on a budget that cuts the number of teachers in the district by about 700.

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Emanuel Touts Classroom AC, Pushes New School Construction Plan

The Chicago mayor is asking the school board to authorize nearly a billion dollars in borrowing for new school construction.

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Librarians Disappearing From CPS

This week, Chicago Public Schools released a $6.3 billion spending plan that cut 1,200 staff positions. About 80 were librarians.

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Some Charter School Teachers Also Laid Off

Uriel Gonzalez was let go from his job doing college counseling at a UNO high school. He says students are angry.

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Inside Chicago Public Schools’ $6.3 Billion Spending Plan

It's less than last year’s $6.4 billion budget, but the District Chief says there will be more new construction.

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Chicago Schools Layoff Close To 1,000 Staff

Chicago Public Schools is laying off nearly 1,000 staff. Principals began notifying affected teachers and support staff Friday morning.

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Some Teachers Think School Integration Plan Still Possible Despite Rejection From City Officials

The integration of a Cabrini-Green school with a school in the Gold Coast was shut down by city officials last year.

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Integration Of Gold Coast, Cabrini-Green Schools Thwarted By City Leaders

This is a story of two schools - in the Gold Coast and Cabrini Green - and the boldest integration plan Chicago's seen in decades.

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Chicago Public Schools Drops Plan To Sue The State

After state lawmakers passed a stopgap spending plan, the district put its plan to sue the state “on ice.”

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West Side Alderman Balancing Spending With Segregated Schools

Ald. Walter Burnett represents two schools with opposite problems: one is packed full, while the other remains under-enrolled.

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How School Construction Keeps Chicago Kids Segregated

Cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools is spending millions on new schools and additions, many of them right near existing schools with extra space. The practice is often further cementing race and class segregation in the school district.

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