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

Preliminary statewide results from the PARCC standardized test show a majority of 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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Mikva Challenge Alum Recalls Program Benefits

One of Abner Mikva’s legacies is a program he and his wife started to encourage young people to get involved in politics. Mikva died Monday in Chicago. He was 90.

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Chicago School System Makes Ballooning Pension Payment In Time

Chicago Public Schools is basically relying on a credit card until property tax revenue comes in August, according to district officials.The city’s school system made a $657 million payment into the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, which is required by law. The total payment needed this year was $676 million, but CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner says some of the payment was made earlier.These payments have ballooned after years of not paying enough into the retirement system for city teachers. Bittner says this year’s payment is equal to 7,000 teachers' salaries and benefits.The district will release an estimated cash-on-hand number later today.

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Is School Funding In Illinois Fair?

Is it fair? That was what a panel of Illinois lawmakers tried to answer about how Illinois pays for its public schools.

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Dozens Turn Out For CPS Lead Meetings

Parents at a community meeting on the north side have concerns about lead water testing in Chicago Public Schools.

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Community Meetings On Lead Found In Water At Chicago Schools

CPS officials are holding meetings to address concerns about lead found in the water at a number of the city’s schools.

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Gap In Pay Between Preschool And Grammar School Teachers

A preschool teacher in America with 10 years of experience and Bachelor’s degree, earns just HALF of what a grammar school teacher does.

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Illinois Students Send A Clever Message To Springfield

An annual art installation at a north side Chicago Public School has a timely political message.

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