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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 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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Trump Lifting Hopes of Lawmakers Pushing School Choice in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers have recently introduced bills that could allow some families to use public money for private schools.

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New High School Application Process Coming To CPS

The new system will require Chicago students to fill out just one application that can be used for all district-run high schools.

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Chicago Kids Head To Trump’s Inauguration

A group of middle school students are traveling to Washington, D.C. -- whether they supported Donald Trump or not.

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Moody’s: Bankruptcy One Option For CPS

A major credit rating agency outlined three “painful” options for confronting the school system’s money woes.

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Congressman Gives Chicago Middle Schoolers Inauguration Tickets

Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) said even though his candidate did not win, he wants the students to see a peaceful transition of power.

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Study: Music Changes The Teen Brain

A new study of Chicago high school students found two or more years of music instruction alters teen brains in a way that helps learning.

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Sources: New High School In The Works For Englewood

Chicago Public Schools' plan for a new high school in Englewood comes as several neighborhood schools struggle with low enrollment.

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No Ordinary Merger: Gold Coast Meets Cabrini-Green

A heated debate is expected to reemerge in February over a plan to merge a Gold Coast school with one that serves mostly black students.

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Study: Early Start Yields Biggest Payoff In Early Childhood Education

A University of Chicago report suggests in order to improve life outcomes, it's best to start almost at birth.

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Chicago School Board Passes New Budget With $215 Million Hole

The revised budget covers costs associated with the new Chicago Teachers Union contract, which union members ratified last month.

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