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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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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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Kids’ Art Installation Invites Illinois Gov. Rauner To 'Stop By Anytime'

An annual art installation at a North Side Chicago Public School has taken on a timely political message.

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Here Are All Of Chicago Public Schools' Lead Test Results

WBEZ is tracking the results of lead testing at schools in Chicago. Find the most up to date numbers here.

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Leaders Point Fingers Over School Money Woes

There’s a lot of finger pointing going on among some of the people responsible for making sure the city’s public schools have money next school year.

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School Money Now A Central Issue In State Budget Impasse

Illinois lawmakers are still deciding on how to pay for public schools next year, causing a lot of angst for school superintendents.

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Schools Across Illinois Grapple With Lack Of State Budget

Public schools across Illinois are waiting to see if the state comes up with a way to get money to them so they can open on time.

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Chicago School Officials Looks To State To Fill Budget Gap

As part of that effort, principals are holding meetings for parents to explain just how terrible things could get.

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Ousted Principal Troy LaRaviere Wins Principals’ Election

The organization representing Chicago principals and administrators has a new leader.

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Chicago School Budget Numbers Causing Parent Angst

CPS parents are hearing that their school budgets may be slashed by up to 40 percent this year.

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Ousted Principal Makes Charges Against Him Public

An outspoken elementary school principal on Chicago’s North Side has released the formal charges brought against him by CPS.

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Outspoken CPS Principal Breaks His Silence

Blaine Elementary Principal Troy LaRaviere is scheduled to speak Monday night at a community forum in the 49th Ward. It will be the first time he’s spoken publicly since Chicago Public Schools officials removed him from his job for “alleged misconduct.

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Civil Rights Complaint: Chicago Magnet School Inaccessible

A complaint filed recently with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is accusing CPS of discrimination.

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